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CHEF RASA SAYANG

  Photographs: David Straight Chef Rasa Sayang isn’t much more than a small hole in the wall in the Highbury shops – it’s next door to the highly excellent Yummy Korean. It has a big front window and a handful of tables and comfortable blue chairs. So far, so familiar, in this sleepy suburban shopping […]

MR ZHOU’S DUMPLINGS

  Photographs: David Straight You’ll recognise the menu. Last year, the owners of New Flavour – that of the rustic dumplings and the terrible service – sold the legendary restaurant to new owners and frankly, it’s never been the same since. Then word came by email from a kind reader. Mr Zhou, the former owner of New […]

IL MEE

Photographs: David Straight Back in 1992, Il Mee opened at the top of Queen Street in an Edwardian stretch of shops which, back then, we called Chinatown. These days that windswept stretch is mostly Korean, and yet Il Mee is still our favourite, a comforting slice straight out of 1990s Auckland. There is wood panelling, […]

PETRA SHAWARMA

Photographs: David Straight First up, an apology. With the exception of Ima, we’d given up on Middle Eastern food in this town, preferring instead to hole up at home with Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks – it is nourishing, rich, flavourful food, full of texture and zest and spice and mountains of vegetables. And yet in Auckland […]

BUN HUT

Photographs: David Straight Quite often, we get asked where to go to brunch in this town. Not being fans of over-priced eggs, we can now say: Bun Hut. The interior is classic Balmoral Cheap Eat – vinyl, chrome, flat light. The service is actually quite friendly. It’s spotless – the other day, a waitress worked her […]