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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, […]


[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. Then, it closed for a year – much to our dismay. Now, it’s re-opened, only it calls itself Top Cafe. Nothing has changed, […]


[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 […]


[Pictures: Todd Eyre] Sunday Painters is a wee bit raucous and slightly slapdash, but it really works. The staff seem to know everyone; the place is full of middle-aged ladies hooting over bottles of red wine. Reportedly, the owners got together after talking about opening a restaurant for years at their Sunday painting group and […]