Paasha Turkish Kitchen

Paasha Turkish Kitchen

This recent round of judging for Metro magazine’s Cheap Eats special has provided a few pleasant surprises, one of my favourites being the discovery of Paasha in New Lynn. I really struggle to find good Turkish food in Auckland so was delighted to be asked to judge this small unassuming place I had heard so […]

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Nanam Eatery – Revisited

Nanam Eatery – Revisited

When we first visited Nanam last year, it was the highlight of our Cheapeats year.  The fresh flavours, interesting food combinations and generous portions beautifully presented, all at reasonable prices, were memorable.  We were curious to see how things were faring a year on. Colleague May-Lee Wong and another friend joined me for dinner.  We […]

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Pasta e Cuore

Pasta e Cuore

Every once in a while we visit a restaurant that is totally worth stretching the Cheapeats budget by a couple of dollars.  So it is with the outstanding artisan Italian pasta restaurant, Pasta e Cuore. Owner  Stefania Ugolini originates from the Bologna region of Italy, known for its delicious food offerings.  She comes from a rich […]

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Ramen Takara Ponsonby

Ramen Takara Ponsonby

Ramen seemed like just the ticket on a cold stormy Auckland night and the perfect comfort after risking life and limb driving through Ponsonby in torrential downpour. We are huge fans of Ramen Takara in Browns Bay so were keen to check out the Ponsonby branch. It was a light, cheerful, fun contrast to the […]

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Mulan Southeast Asian Cuisine

Mulan Southeast Asian Cuisine

Mention South East Asian food to me and I’m in. I love the flavours of this cuisine which make my tastebuds sing. Chef James Balakrishnan has adapted dishes from his Malaysian heritage for the concise Mulan menu, and perusing it is like reading a list of South East Asian food greatest hits. Satay, Pad Thai, curries and […]

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Oaken

Oaken

The mark of a great new eatery is one that reinvents the wheel, in some way. Don’t get me wrong, wheels are great; but there is nothing more satisfying than being thrilled by the unexpected. Eggs are everyone’s favourite breakfast food. With a golden yellow yolk in the middle and a malleable white that can […]

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