Some of our favourites for 2014

Well here we are on Christmas Eve and we thought we’d do a quick roundup of our eating for the year. 2014 has been great for affordable dining with more and more restaurants falling into our price bracket – sign of the times! Once again we enjoyed judging on Metro’s Cheap Eats special and once again we were blown away by the ever increasing dining diversity of our gorgeous city. Here are some of our favourite discoveries for 2014 – some brand new and some old favourites we’ve only just got round to eating at.

Boy and Bird
If Mike van de Elzen’s mission was to create restaurant quality food that wouldn’t break the bank, then he has succeeded. Boy and Bird serves more than just a great roast chook. Try the hot bird salad, a well balanced and delicious combination that would delight anybody. Don’t leave without trying the Chocolate fondant. Read our review

Chinoiserie
Retro stylish Chinese décor meets stunning Taiwanese street food in this Mt Albert eatery/bar.  A whole new genre of eating/drinking experience. Read our review

Pok Pok
Finally, Thai food with some spunk. Pok Pok does twists on Thai Street food and has become our firm favourite in this category. Try the green papaya salad and caramelised pork belly – we order them every time we go there. Read our review

Conch Kitchen and Bar
In a street packed with eating and drinking options, Conch is a real gem on Ponsonby Road.  South American food and drink served by friendly staff.  Recently renovated to improve the eating experience. Read our review

Burger Burger
Thick juicy medium rare beef patties in custom-made brioche buns.  Redeem your conscience with a side of charred broccoli with garlic butter and slivered almonds. Our favourite burger in Auckland (closely followed by Flaming Onion). Read our review

Mr Zhou’s Dumplings
Great things await you in New Lynn.  The dumplings are a must but also try other menu offerings.  Now recently reopened with a restaurant (not just takeaways) setting. Read our review

Al’s Deli
This Canadian deli has received the seal of approval by the Canadian Prime Minister on his recent visit to Auckland. Their home-baked goods in the form of bagels, brioche and desserts (including a gloriously sticky brioche bread and butter pudding) have garnered many a fan, but there are also burgers and Canada’s ubiquitous poutine (fries with gravy and cheese curd) on offer. Run, don’t walk. Read our review

Tulay’s Kitchen
Falafel worth crossing town for.  Everything is homemade and you will get a warm welcome from this family run takeaways/restaurant in Orakei. Read our review

Bonz
We dream about their ribs. If you’re looking for a fix of Southern American fare, this should be your first and only stop. This is the real deal. Read our review

Fishsmith
Okay it’s technically a takeaway (but there are four seats in the window where we have eaten). Great Fish and Chips with lots of fun extras like fish tacos and chickpea bites. Go soon. Read our review

 

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