2011 round up – a year of cheap eating
We thought that before Christmas we should do a round-up of some of our best finds of the year. So May-Lee, Lynn and I put our heads together and came up with this. We have reviewed most of them on the site but some are a sneak preview of what’s to come next year. We hope you can make it to some of them over the holiday break. Happy Cheap Eating and we’ll see you again in mid-January.
Alexia, Lynn and May-Lee
Best Pizza Slice:
Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza, 183 K’Rd, 8 Commerce St and 107 The Strand, Takapuna
Best Street Food:
Glenfield (Westfield Glenfield) and Pakuranga (Westfield Pakuranga) night markets
South of the Border Delight:
Mexican Specialties, Unit 5, 92 Marua Rd, Ellerslie (daytime Thursday-Saturday only)
Favourite Sunday yum cha outing:
Grand Harbour, corner Pakenham and Custom Streets West, Viaduct or
China Restaurant, 2 Beach Rd, CBD
Bale Vietnamese sandwiches on homemade baguettes at Pho Saigon, 124A Custom St West.
Best Treat after a movie or a show:
Giapo Gelato, 279 Queen St.
Sharing is caring (small plates) – restaurant we’re most reluctant to share in:
Nishiki, 100 Wellington St, Ponsonby or 3/298 Torrens Rd, Botany,
El Faro in Elliott Stables, Elliott Stables, CBD
Sri Pinang, 356 K’Rd;
Golden Barbeque Noodle House, 290 Dominion Rd;
Sri Puteris, 59 Queens Rd, Panmure;
Top in Town, 586 Sandringham Rd; Siri 7
Taste of Sri Lanka, 64 Stoddard Rd (in Moshims Plaza), Mt Roskill;
Bunga Raya, 3062 Great North Rd, New Lynn;
Flourishing Cafe, 1784 Great North Rd, Avondale
Night Owl’s favourite:
Barilla Dumpling, 571 Dominion Rd is open until midnight
Best reason to be a vegetarian:
The options at Vinyl Café, 218 Dominion Rd are delicious and they have a strong vegetarian/vegan focus. We also love Bluebird Café, 299 Dominion Rd.
Little and Friday, 43C Eversleigh Rd, Belmont and in Martha’s Fabrics, Melrose St, Newmarket.
Espresso Workshop, corner of Owens and Manukau Roads, Epsom or 11 Britomart Place, CBD or 19 Falcon Street, Parnell.
Dutch Delight’s Poffertjes, 3-5 Birkenhead Ave, Birkenhead or 20 Greenhithe Rd, Greenhithe.
Favourite Food Courts:
Ponsonby International Foodcourt, 106 Ponsonby Rd or Food Alley, 9 Albert St.
Best Hot Chocolate:
Italian Denso, Chocolate Boutique, 323 Parnell Road, Parnell Village.
Open (almost) All Hours:
Frasers Café, corner of Mt Eden and Stokes Roads, Mt Eden Village. They are open from 7am (or earlier) to around 11pm.