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Photographs: David Straight Phil’s Kitchen opened a couple of months ago in the space that was once Bouchon, a cheesily French restaurant that somehow changed dining in the city, mainly because it was loud and not very expensive and did a good coq au vin and crepes. On some levels, its replacement is brilliant. A simple, even […]


Photographs: David Straight   People often ask us where to find the best ramen in Auckland and we have two answers: Ramen Do, and Ramen Takara in Browns Bay. You’ll find it in the Browns Bay shops, a block up from the very pretty beach, across from the Irish pub. The interior is stock-standard cheap-eat […]


    Photographs: David Straight In a way, this is a bit of a farewell. Stafford Road Wine Bar has always been a very nice spot – dark timber chairs, a corner site, a good wine list and decent beer. It was the kind of place that made you think Auckland had hope; that life was […]


Photographs: David Straight Rosie used to be Rosehip and it was a local cafe. Now, it is softly glamorous, all travertine floors, chairs made from leather and timber, oak tables and huge sliding glass doors out to the street. It’s open from morning until late. There is pleasure in the small things: the handmade ceramic plates, […]


Photographs: David Straight Masu has serious pedigree. Chef Nic Watt is a master of the grill has cooked in robata all over the world. SkyCity spent many millions on the fitout. Matt Aitchison, formerly of The French Cafe, is the maître d. It bills itself as a robata – a Japanese grill – only it’s […]