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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 We need more places like this. Bolaven is named after the Bolaven plateau, in the high country of Laos – owner Sip Mounlath’s parents came from Laos in the 1970s and so her new restaurant has that wonderful and rare combination: cute fitout, decent wine list, authentic food. It opened a few weeks back and, […]

TOP CAFE [Closed]

A note: Top Cafe has new owners, a different menu and a new address on Cross Street. We’ll review it in due course. [Photographs: David Straight] A couple of years ago, we reviewed what was then known as the Ti Xiang Dumpling House, in a tiny storefront on a blustery stretch of Upper Queen Street. […]


[Pictures: The very wonderful David Straight] Somewhat disingenuously, Cocoro describes its dinner menu as “izakaya-style”. Cocoro could not be further from the bustling, steamy izakayas of Tokyo or even Auckland. It’s in a back street in Ponsonby, a beautiful bricky space with timber battens and touches of exposed concrete. There is one large table in […]


[Pictures: Todd Eyre] We were greeted with a cocktail menu, a good one. There was a Rhubarb Sour and a Mellow Yellow, a delicious fuzzy confection with tequila and limoncello and gin. The Engine Room is light and bright and airy. There are no table cloths, the service is relaxed but responsive. In fact, the […]