Dragonfired - Cheap Eats - Auckland


Update Review, February, 2016:

Waiheke doesn’t have a lot of evening Cheapeats options, so thank goodness that the delicious food at Dragonfired at Little Oneroa is now also offered at a new second location at Palm Beach.

Dragonfired is known for its delicious, organic pizzas (base $12 plus toppings at $2 each).  Also on offer are calzone ($10), organic pocket breads (vegetarian $10, Mexican beef ($14 and Greek lamb $14) and the Polenta Box ($14).

There were three of us eating dinner, so we could have tried three different dishes.  However, I love the Polenta Box, and so does my friend, so we both ordered that. My friend’s daughter has a favourite pizza that she likes to order, so that was a quick decision.

Once we had placed our order with the friendly staff (many of them are from South America), we relaxed in the reserve overlooking Palm Beach.  Our order was ready in 15 minutes and we hungrily tucked into our meals.

The pizza was truly tempting and topped with salami, Kalamata olives and mushrooms.  It disappeared quickly so lived up to its reputation.  A word of advice:  since each extra topping costs $2, the cost of pizza quickly adds up!

The Polenta Box was not quite as good as I remembered, but still delicious.  The polenta slices topped with feta had been roasted in the oven and were accompanied by refried beans, lettuce, olives, artichokes, capers and tomato salsa.

Enjoy your food on the beach or text ahead to pick up your order.  Dragonfired is a must-visit  Waiheke foodie destination whether you are a visitor to the Island or a local.

Original Review, 2011:
Bevan Kaan has created a beach-side food stall with a uniquely Waiheke-twist.  He has parked his stall with its woodfired oven beside Little Oneroa beach and offers a limited but delicious range of dishes.

I had spent the day in Auckland and had missed dinner.  We stopped by on our way back from the ferry and ordered the polenta plate ($12).  Bevan said it would take 15 minutes to cook in the oven, so we wandered across the road to the local store and bought a cold beer to sip on while we waited. Perfect.

The polenta plate was definitely worth the wait.  The generous serving consisted of four freshly roasted polenta squares each topped with a piece of feta cheese, accompanied by fresh tomato salsa, refried beans and a small mixed green salad.  I love the corn taste of polenta, and the pieces had lightly browned edges which brought out the flavour.  The fresh tomato salsa “zinged” with flavour and even the refried beans had a hint of cumin. I did not leave a scrap!

A lighter meal or snack is the pocket bread ($8), filled with refried beans, lettuce, tomato salsa, avocado and sour cream.  There are two calzone options ($10), one with meat and one vegetarian.  The basic pizza ($12) consists of the organic base with mozzarella and their own tomato sauce.  Extras such as ham, olives, pepperoni, caramelised onion, etc are $2 each, so it pays to watch the number of toppings you add.

This is healthy, delicious food which you can enjoy al fresco on the beach at Little Oneroa or take home – the choice is yours.  Eat and relax!

Location: By the beach, Little Oneroa, Waiheke Island and also now at Matapana Reserve, Palm Beach
Phone: Little Oneroa (021) 922-289; Palm Beach (027) 237-2372
Hours: Summer: 10am-8:00pm every day; Winter 11am-7pm Friday-Sunday.  All weather permitting.
Licenced :No, but BYO to enjoy at the beach or walk across the road to the Little Oneroa beach store to purchase wine or beer
Takeaways: Only
Credit Cards: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: Absolutely! Also gluten-free available
Prices: Woodfired pizza marguerita $12, extra toppings $2 each; Pocket bread $10-$14; Polenta Box $14; Calzone $10
Bathrooms: Public toilets nearby
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
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