The Black Hoof

The Black Hoof

Review by May-Lee Wong While the name The Black Hoof may conjure images of an English pub with dark wood, Yorkshire puds and bar maids, the name actually refers to the hoof of the prized black Iberian pigs, of which several of their legs can be found hanging above The Black Hoof’s bar. Once a […]

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Fishsmith

Fishsmith

It’s probably pushing it slightly to call Fishsmith an eat-in situation but there are four chairs in the window and we did in fact eat there, so if the planets align timing-wise it’s possible. This recently revamped chippie is so much more than your normal takeout joint. In fact, for the first time ever I […]

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Conch Kitchen and Bar

Conch Kitchen and Bar

One of the great things about being a guest judge for the Metro Top 100 Cheapeats awards (both Alexia and I are involved) is getting out to places that you never knew qualified as a Cheapeats restaurant. I had heard about Conch on Ponsonby Road.  I knew that it had a record store in the […]

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Bun Hut

Bun Hut

The humble bun is a delicious commodity, which, up until recently, had been unfortunately overlooked in this age of Dominion Road dumpling wars. Situated in between dumpling heavy weights Barilla and New Flavour lies Bun Hut, an unsuspecting looking shop that offers something that the others lack: buns. Not quite a dumpling, not quite a […]

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Special Review: Cassia

Special Review: Cassia

Before you say it, no it’s not quite a Cheap Eat but we’re going to review it anyway because since it’s a small plates scene it’s one of the few places in Auckland  where you can sample something by a five star chef for anything close to a Cheap Eats budget. Cassia has only been […]

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Bonz Cajun Kitchen

Bonz Cajun Kitchen

On a desperate search for good American food for an article for the New Zealand Herald we were thrilled to discover tiny Bonz Cajun Kitchen in the lovely Elliot Stables. Being a regular at Ponsonby Central I had forgotten how nice this eating space is. It always has that slightly Melbourne vibe about it. Chef, […]

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