May-Lee, Author at Cheap Eats - Auckland

Author: May-Lee

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Chamate

Chamate is somewhat of an anomaly, a blip in the Asian restaurant scene in Auckland. Why? Because this restaurant has somehow managed to marry together the impossible: authentic Chinese food, ambience and service, all at an affordable price. William Chen recently wrote an article in Stone Soup about why Asian...

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Lowbrow

The Auckland dining scene has an ever-revolving door of new restaurants opening weekly, and a couple of weeks ago Auckland welcomed not one but 11 new eateries under the roof of 125 Queen Street at the new Queen’s Rise development, including Kyle Street’s new venture, Lowbrow. There is something at...

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Love Exposure

More Asian kitschy-cool, more squint inducing fluorescent lighting, more melamine and acrylic tableware – at Love Exposure. The family of restaurants by the Maignot/Thornley hospitality team, now includes their newest member Love Exposure. Bathed in green and purple light, it sticks out like a sore thumb on the corner of...

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Small Fry at Te Tuhi

What a welcome relief Small Fry at Te Tuhi is to Pakuranga, for so many reasons. Their coffee is ace, the baking a small but discerning range and best of all the food from their kitchen, a combination of modern Malaysian fare and excellent sandwiches. Small Fry is housed in...

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Ensalada Cafe

I am always curious to try Filipino food, and my search recently took me to Ensalada Cafe on K’Rd. Until the excellent Nanam opened in Royal Oak a few years ago, Filipino cuisine had kept a low profile in Auckland. Then a few more places followed suit, from humble stalls...

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Yong’s Hand Pulled Noodles

Dumplings have moved out of the Dominion Road food wars spotlight, and have been replaced with the race for best noodle. More specifically handmade noodles. Whether they are hand-pulled or hand-cleavered, some old favourites include Shao Lin Kung Fu Noodles and Xi’an Food Bar. But there are some new kids...

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