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DUMPLING ACE

Photographs: David Straight We’re not quite sure why they called it Dumpling Ace. Don’t get us wrong, the dumplings here are very good indeed – we’ll get to them in a moment – but they’re not quite the star attraction. Dumpling Ace is a simple little restaurant in the Northcote Town Centre: bare timber-veneer tables, […]

V-FUELS

Photographs: David Straight Just off Queen Street, there are a handful of new restaurants on Mayoral Drive, tiny little spaces with a handful of tables. V-Fuels is the smallest: it’s mostly kitchen, with a couple of tiny tables and in this way it’s about as close as you might get to a market stall in […]

MATTERHORN

Photographs: David Straight  You might be familiar with the Matterhorn in Wellington: a restaurant that took a strange little coffee lounge and turned it into a legend. It feels like a bar where anything could happen and that might be kind of dangerous. Auckland’s version opened a couple of months back in a big beautiful bricky […]

HAPPY JAPANESE

  New Lynn continues to excite: across the road from the highly excellent Paasha and Mr Zhou’s Dumplings is Happy Japanese. Its name is brilliant, of course, but it does follow through: this is indeed happy, a great local joint serving Japanese classic comfort food. It’s simple inside, with a slightly ritzy 1970s feel – […]

SECOND HELPINGS: BLUE BREEZE INN

  Photographs: David Straight When the Blue Breeze Inn opened a couple of years back, we had mixed feelings. We loved the fitout, that glorious rococo combination of shipwreck and Balinese resort. More than anything, we loved the service and the idea of the place: Auckland has a lot of very good Chinese food, but […]