Category: Central Auckland

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Boy and Bird

It was an evening of hits and misses. The first miss came when we discovered there was no formal system to handle customers waiting for a table, as the chicken (and as we discovered later, the other things as well) proved so popular that every table had been taken. “Come...

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B & D Restaurant

B&D Restaurant is a bit of an anomaly. It challenges a number of beliefs held about cheap (but rarely cheerful) Chinese restaurants. Located in Eden Quarter, B&D Restaurant is a twee square of a shop where a rare effort has been made to create some sense of ambience through the...

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Xuxu Dumpling

It’s very rare that Lynn, May-Lee and I get to check out a cheapie find together, so on the night we visited the Black Hoof we decided to squeeze in a visit to Xuxu Dumpling too. And we didn’t regret it. What a gorgeous place – and with affordable food!...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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