May-Lee, Author at Cheap Eats - Auckland

Author: May-Lee

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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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Happy Boy Eatery

Believe the hype. Happy Boy, the latest venture by the industrious team behind some of Auckland hospo’s best including Chinoiserie and Kiss Kiss, delivers both in concept and in execution. Happy Boy is the newest brainchild of Jasper and Ludo Maignot and Celeste Thornley, a vision in neon blue and...

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Satya Spice and Chai Shop

The closest thing I can liken Satya Spice and Chai Shop to, is a dive bar, of the sort you’d find nestled down the laneways of Budapest. The Spice and Chai Shop itself is in fact an alleyway that adjoins to a small Indian supplies store run by the good...

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