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    Various: Food and drink life in Aucks2

    by littlebush Updated Mar 27, 2015

    Continued from list 1, all the places we ate and drink in Auckland::

    -Live Fish-on the viaduct with great water views and nice seating on the busy strip. Happy hour 3-6pm at $6 beer.
    -Shanghai Lil, on ponsonby road is a little piano cocktail bar with a casual loungy feel. $18 cocktails.
    -Dantes pizza at ponsonby Central has terrible service in terms of politeness but it's quick and the pizza is the best I've ever had. Decent size at $20-25. Seating arrangements are limited and you're likely to share with strangers.

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    Various: Food and drink life in Aucks

    by littlebush Updated Mar 16, 2015

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    We've eaten and drank at various places since our move to Auckland

    International Food Market in Ponsonby is a canteen style place with various Asian foods fairly well priced. The Lao spinach curry at $11 was very good. Went back again craving some spicy noodles and was a little disappointed with the Lao noodles- more noodle than veg/meat and a bit greasy.

    Remedy cafe on Wellesley st just off queens st is a great little charismatic cafe loaded with books and decently priced tasty food. A chunky bread tuna, avocado, red onion and hidden hill sarnie was $9.

    The Shelf on High St is a lovely cafe with attention to detail in the decor. The seats at the back have nice segregated alcoves. The tea cutely comes with an egg timer to show when its brewed and they have cards (ie-ace of spades) instead of numbers for you to take and be identified when your foods ready

    One to one cafe on ponsonby road is ok, with open windows onto the busy street. They do small smoothies for $5 and the decor is music posters and old coffee filter machines. The french assistant was hard to understand but otherwise it was pleasant enough. The garden/courtyard out the back is a nice sun trap.

    Gold Finch down by the waterfront hosts the weekly couch surf meeting and it seems is 75% cs'ers on a weds night. So hard to know what it's really like but it's a bar/club that's open late til the early hours normally. It seems very loungy. Seems ok but nothing special.

    The Occidental Belgian cafe on Vulcan is a bit soulless and expensive beers with their cheapest beer at $9 for a 475ml. But decent enough for a beer after work.

    Shaky Isles in Kingsland is a nice cafe/restaurant although a little pricey on the main Kingsland street. They do a very good pricey burger at $18 and huge milkshake for $6.50.

    Pakuranga night market is a great spot to find cheap, mostly Asian food. Big portions of street style food at this underground car park. $5 will get u fed, $10 will get u stuffed.

    Breadwinner Bakery and cafe in st heliers, $4.50 for an outrageously tasty potato topped beef pie.

    The Chiller cafe in Parnell has huge sized sandwiches and savouries. We stopped for tea and coffee. Inside there's a huge big rectangular table to sit at so not great for a private conversation although there's a handful of other seats around. Most stuffed rolls and sandwiches seem to be around $9.

    Triniti coffee cafe are a chain but we went to the one in mount Albert. Whilst it didn't look much the coffee was good and hot chocolate and tea good too. Friendly service from Indian kiwi.

    Hollywood bakery (a chain) does cheap sandwiches that look very cheap and homemade by mum but are pretty damn and good value at around $3-5.

    Touquet is a small french cafe on O'Connell street. They have happy hour at 4-6pm with a weird beer on tap for $6 or corona. They do a lunch menu and dinner menu and deserts. Happy hour wine is $8.

    Spitting Feathers on Wyndham street is a great pub even though it doesn't look much from outside. They have different cheap menu nights. Thursdays is $3 Heineken beer bottles and $5 pizza. A bargain for city centre and a good crowd. Defo worth a visit.

    Hoxton cafe in Devonport is a nice place on the main Victoria street.
    The usual cafe type food and drinks with ambient music and heaps of magazines to read to kick back and relax. With seats out the front and a courtyard out the beach.
    Milkshake $6 was crap.

    Anyone after cheap sushi should try the tiny takeaway stand place on queen street, on the left if going up the hill, doesn't seem to have a name b near hallinsteins shop. It has a little seating area but it's basically a table with plastic containers full of sushi for $5. Which is cheap as it is. Go there before closing at 6pm you will get it for $3.90 or buy a few I got them down to $10 for 3 tubs-which is a decent dinner for two.

    The Attic in a Mission Bay is an awesome spot, with terrace overlooking the beach. Easy going atmosphere and a good selection of kiwi wines. $11 for a small glass though. Rosemary chips at $8 were awesome. Good service too.

    Regazzi cafe in takapuna on the Main Street is ok but we ordered a simple order of two sandwiches which were already made on display and a coffee. And they managed to forget about the sandwiches to our table.
    Sarnies were cheap at $4.90.
    Nice outdoor seating.

    Cafe Cezanne on ponsonby road is a Turkish place with a great chilled atmosphere and outdoor seating out the front. Tea is $3.50 and comes in a pot enough for two.

    Freeman and Grey is a decent venue. By day a decent cafe/bar and by night a pretty lively Macs bar with typical Macs craft beer

    Long room-one of ponsonbys classiest, full of image and young people, I felt old. Pumping music, dance floor, etc

    Chapel-busy late night ponsonby venue. Long narrow bar with dance music and packed

    Mission bay Cafe - nice cafe on the main mission bay strip with outdoor tables and inside too. Food all day and alcohol of coffee. Tea $4 and smoothie $5.5

    Fabric Cafe, on Parnell Road is a tiny quiet place with a little garden area. I had an interview here and was nice to sit quietly and enjoy a quiet chat

    Twentyone-at sky city is normally a nightclub but on Wednesdays is the couch surfing meet up venue. It's a cocktail bar but does beers. A bit swanky. I'd imagine it's different on a weekend than in the week.

    Takapuna bar-in Takapuna on Anzac st. Went here on a Thursday night before Waitangi Day and was pretty quiet but nice and relaxed with live music and sat outside. Decent decker ion of beer and good chips. Although they forgot my mates garlic bread

    Cassette 9-on Vulcan lane, a great venue and not too busy. Nice balcony and cozy lounge feel inside with comfy seats and good decor. Decent priced wine and just a cracking little place.

    The Stables on Elliott street-a kind of posh food court with various nationality foods on offer. I went for tapas, with some herb infused beef and potatoes bravas, for $22. Was decent but not amazing.

    De Fontain, Mission Bay is a Belgian beer cafe with a great terrace overlooking the beach but a bit pricey with the cheapest 475ml beer at 9.5$! Spacious and friendly though.

    Dos Amigos Mexican in mission bay is a cool place with good service and a nice atmosphere. Live Mexican music too. Nachos at $16 were massive and a proper full pint of beer at $9.5 is good.

    Portafino in mission bay, Italian, nothing too special but friendly and they do peroni on tap

    Garden Shed in mount eden - nice easy going place in lovely mount eden with a nice small garden out the back and outdoor seating down the side and out the front. Tea comes in a pot decent for 3 small cups. $8.5 for tea and coffee.

    Brew on Quay-not bad bar near britomart but slightly lacking atmosphere. It's got a good selection if cart beer and a nice little terrace up the stairs and I loved the empty beer can map of New Zealand but downstairs is a little soulless but not a bad place for an after work beer

    Father Teds-small dingy Irish bar in centre of town. Abit rough and ready but decent atmosphere and $5 Heineken on Thursdays. Guinness $9.

    Rhythm coffee cafe in Parnell - great little place tucked away behind the village shops amongst tress with outdoor seating in shade with piano music and a lovely afternoon tea relaxed atmosphere.

    Scalini's-pizza place in st heliers. Not an amazing setting and not the friendliest of owners but awesome pizzas. We had one small and one large for $44, and were very satisfied.

    Franc's-on Takapuna beach, this is a new place located right by the beach with views of the sea and indoor and outdoor seating. Draft beers on tap, $12 for the one I had! Friendly staff. Nice place.

    Ohso cafe-round the backstreets of ponsonby on crummer road, cool place with indoors and outdoor seating, very chilled meeting place type cafe. $4 tea in a pot for two cups. Breakfasts look great.

    Bonita-tapas on ponsonby road. A very attempt at recreating a Spanish rustic small bar/ food venue. Good decor and atmosphere but the food was lacking. Whilst nice it wasn't Spanish enough. Wine was good. A almost filling feed for two with 5 dishes and 7 wines was $120.

    Xuxu- dumpling bar at britomart. Didn't eat just a quick beer at $9.5 for just 380ml. Nice decor but an old fart dj looking dead and a lack of something makes it not amazing. But maybe ok to just stop by for a beer.

    Frasers-cafe in mt eden, always busy and decent place to kick back and read the mags on offer. A few seats outside or many more inside. Food looks good. Tea and coffee over $8.

    Farina-Ponsonby road-we stopped here for a tea before going next door to Thai me up for food. It's a big Italian place. Tea was decent although they didn't know black tea could also be English breakfast. Staff weren't overly friendly. Didn't see the food so can't comment.

    Thai me up-ponsonby road-decent well priced and friendly Thai food. Beer 7.5$. BYOW. Green curry was good but not best ice had. $14.50.

    Mexico-a chain but been to Ellerslie branch. Nice casual setting. Ceviche was decent at $16.

    Cypress cafe- a decent breakfast and brunch place in St Heliers. Friendly staff and very very good food. The eggs benedict with mushrooms was excellent but a little pricey at 17,50$.

    O'Hagans Irish bar on the viaduct is busy and decent for a friendly beer with a large outdoor area in a great central location.

    Provedor is a late night spot on the waterfront with a small terrace outside and a decent crowd although a little too rowdy for me

    Union Post-I'm Ellerslie is a nice Macs pub with an outdoor garden and they do awesome but fat chips in a pint jug. Beer $8.5.

    The Station-just off K Road. A cool little place shaped like a train station. Friendly staff and great pizzas. $30 for two pizza.

    Ironique is a cozy cafe in mt eden village. With two big sofa type chairs at the front window to watch the world go by. Friendly staff and decent drinks. They even write your name into the hot chocolate. The courtyard is awesome.

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    Ben Gusto's: Don't forget to get your brekki here!

    by heydelin Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Near the beach, so the location is just perfect! Food is nice so as the ambiance. The staff are really cool. The place can be quite packed on a weekend and you have to wait up to 30 minutes to get your food.

    Favorite Dish: Egg's benedict and big breakfast!

    Egg's benedict with smoked salmon
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    Dantes Pizzeria: VPN accredited Pizzeria

    by kiwi Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST PIZZAS IN TOWN!
    This little treasure is found in the suburb of Ponsonby, inside a renovated complex block of shops. Dantes is AVPN verified, and one of only a few hundred in the world.
    Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.
    Complying with the authentic ingredients and cooking method, you can find exquisite Napoletan pizzas. Ingredients imported from Italy, and woodfired ovens giving the perfect results. Indeed a very enjoyable experience, highly recommended.
    The restaurant is small, with only 2 or 3 small tables, dealing mostly with takeout orders.
    Locals order here on a regular basis, in this upmarket part of town.

    My friends and I ate here outside the restaurant, and took in the ambience and enjoyed the delicious pizzas and Italian wine.


    Favorite Dish: My favourite is an old favourite: PIZZA MARGUERITE

    Napoletan pizza Dantes Pizzeria VPN Woodfired oven
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    Sand Dunz Beach Cafe: The best coffee on the west coast!

    by worldkiwi Written Mar 23, 2013

    Sand Dunz is located in Muriwai Beach Village, on Auckland's rugged and stormy west coast. Just a short stroll from the surfing beach, Sand Dunz makes great coffee and serves all day breakfasts. They do takeaways with the usual menu of burgers and chips. Make sure you take a look at the fantastic photos of dramatic Muriwai on the walls inside.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee!

    Sand Dunz Beach Cafe, Muriwai, Auckland, NZ.
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    Brick Lane: Save the best til last!

    by al2401 Written Sep 1, 2012

    We had just finished a road trip of 4,250 kilometres. We were staying out of town and there was nothing close to our accommodation. We had a 'mud map' with various places like Lone Star and even MacDonalds on it as well as this name so we thought we would try it.

    This is a classy place - lovely decor with artefacts and relics from an old pottery - hence the name Brick Lane. The feel of the restaurant is quiet elegance but casual.

    The service is very good and the food excellent.

    As we were leaving I asked one of the staff about the buses into Auckland and she was very helpful. After a wet day at home we decided to go back to Brick Lane - the same girl was on the desk and not only did she remember me she asked how the bus ride was! That's what I call a welcome.

    Favorite Dish: First meal.
    We started with Sourdough bread with Garlic Butter beautiful bread and a good serve of garlic in the butter. I chose a sirloin steak with a brandy/peppercorn sauce; chips and salad for main but unfortunately they had run out of sirloin - they offered the beef eye fillet cooked the same way - delicious! Mum had the Lamb Shank in a rosemary/red wine sauce on mashed potato which she enjoyed.

    Day 2
    I had Fish of the Day which was Terakhi served with a lime butter sauce and with a side of Prawns -incredible!; and Mum had the Smoked Chicken Fettuccine.

    This was our last meal out in New Zealand and it was one of the best!

    There are 5 dishes here, so for prices please check out the menu on the website.

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    Urban Soul Cafe: Quality find out in the Suburbs!

    by Martialsk Written Apr 16, 2012

    Voted as one of the best cafés in Auckland by the Café Magazine and Metro Magazine, I can see why. Lovely decor, clean, modern with polite and friendly staff, a brief coffee stop or a lenghty lunch always works at this place.
    The meals have always been very good and swiftly served and the coffees excellent. They also have an impressive tea collection.
    Always a good experience.

    Favorite Dish: I've had several option from pastries to salads and light lunches and they've all been excellent.

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    Origins Restaurant & Bar: Maybe you'll have a better experience??

    by rabbit06 Updated Oct 22, 2011

    Over the years we have been to this restaurant quite a number of times as it is the nearest to our home and to be perfectly honest are never in a hurry to go back. Thought we would give another try for lunch on this occasion, had not been here for quite some time, we were hungry and had the boys to feed.
    On entering it had not changed much, still an inviting, pleasant looking bar and restaurant with only a handful of diners lunching. Once we finally found a waitress who tried to seat us where it was a little dark but closer for her and not by the windows as is a feature on their web site, we had a table by the sunny window....YA! Then came time to order the drinks, OMG she (the waitress) did not even know which lager beers were on the tap....wtf?? Rabbit was thirsty therefore settled for a draught beer! Well you can imagine how the rest of lunch went with the highly trained waitress (not)......... Sorry should not be so hypocritical but this is so typical of our dinning experience's we've come to expect from this restaurant!

    Favorite Dish: As we were not told of any lunch specials we had the overpriced beer battered fish & chips NZ $23.00 whlie the boys went for Bacon Burger NZ $20.00 with which they prefered Rabbit's Burger's hot off his BBQ and the fish look's better in the photo...... You decide ??

    Outside it look
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    Wongkok Cafe & Bar: Delicious Chinese Food!

    by rabbit06 Updated Oct 2, 2011

    Nothing flash here but you can get yourself some great Chinese food at reasonable prices!

    Favorite Dish: Well Rabbit had most of his favourites, sizzling beef, mandarin squirrel fish, green beans with pork mince......fantastic!

    Outside Sizzling Beef! Squirrel Shaped Mandarin Fish This is very nice!
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    Angie's Kitchen: Cheap, honest, satisfying, friendly

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 12, 2011

    I discovered this little place when staying at Quest on Mount, a side street between Symonds and Wakefield Streets, just a two minutes walk from near the southern end of Queen Street.

    The location near the University of Auckland, and surrounded by student apartments, already gives a hint that this is a restaurant with very affordable food, if not to say: cheap food.

    But the best of all: It is also great food. Great Malaysian food. Don't get fooled by the name Angie. There is nothing western about the food or the place.

    There weren't a lot of comprehensive explanations of the dishes on the menu, so I just chose something I thought could be right. The waitress said she did not think I had made a great choice LOL So I told her that I was in the mood of eating thick rice noodles with meat in a thickish dark sauce . She made a recommendation, and the food was fabulous.

    I had also ordered garlic roti. This was sooo delicious that I could be tempted to order it as starter, main and dessert!

    As the restaurant is unlicensed there is no selection of expensive drinks available, so dinner is even cheaper.

    Open Sun - Fri 11.30am - 9.30pm.

    Angie's Kitchen in Mount Street.
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    Rice: Design and good food

    by Charlotte121 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Gorgeous restaurant with great food, drinks and design. The menu is an international twist but mostly Asian. I always made a reservation online before I even got on the plane to New Zealnd.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken jungle curry.

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    Pie Mania: Award winning pies in central Auckland

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pie Mania is an award-winning pie shop in downtown Auckland.

    It is located on Wellesley Street West, just a few minutes off the main city centre thoroughfare of Queen Street, and just a few minutes walk from Auckland Sky Tower.

    The shop offers a staggering array of pies and was voted "Auckland's Best Pies" by Metro magazine. It also earned rave reviews from Lonely Planet.

    I ate here one afternoon during my visit to the city in May 2006, sitting at the windowside table inside the shop. The majority of customers buy their pies to take away.

    The vast choice of flavours includes:

    Steak: steak, steak and kidney, steak and mushroom, steak and cheese;

    Mince: savoury mince, mince and cheese, mince, cheese and bacon, mince potato top, mince and gourmet potato;

    Chicken: chicken and vegetables, curry chicken, chicken, sweetcorn and cheese;

    Assorted: minted lamb, bacon and egg, smoked fish;

    International: Irish stew, Mediterranean lamb, Thai chilli beef, Mad Mexican, Tandoori, butter chicken, chicken and drunken mushroom;

    Vegetarian: vegetable, chilli bean and cheese, spinach and feta cheese;

    Fruit: spicy apple, apple and blueberry, apple and blackberry, apple and rhubarb, apricot, peach and passionfruit.

    Favorite Dish: I opted for:

    Tandoori pie - Cost: 4.60 NZD

    Excellent quality pieces of chicken in a mildly hot tandoori sauce. The pastry was flaky enough, but not so flaky as to fall apart and allow the filling to drip out. Great quality!! I was very impressed!

    Excellent quality pies in downtown Auckland. Deserving of the awards that it has won. Highly recommended!!

    Pie Mania, Auckland Pie Mania interior Pie Mania pie bag Tandoori pie at Pie Mania

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    Little Mexico Cantina: Mexican Food

    by fachd Updated Nov 11, 2010

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    We decided to have dinner close to our hotel. After a few block walk we found this delightful little restaurant at Wellesley Street. We thought we were at Mexico that was our first impressions. It was decorated with authentic taste. We ordered our drink plus our meal. The drinks we had Stella Artoise and glass of Tequila Sunrise followed by Chicken Tostada and Vegetarian Burritos. The service was quick and the food taste were good but not excellent. The bill came to $63.50.

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    Siam-I-Am Thai Restaurant: Thai Food

    by fachd Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    We came here for dinner. The first came to my mind the staff were friendly. The atmosphere was relaxing and the food was good. The service were also good. The food price was comparable to Canberra but I found the wine was little bit more expensive. In general we had a relaxing time and we will come again next time we are in Auckland.

    Siam-I-Am Thai Restaurant
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    Shanghai Restaurant: Shanghai in Auckland!

    by rabbit06 Updated Jul 9, 2010

    This is just like being in downtown Shanghai with attentive staff and freindly managment. The walls are decorated with plenty of large photos from Shanghai such as the bund, oriental pearl tv tower, yu garden, old Shanghai and many others. You would not beleive this is in Auckland!

    Favorite Dish: Shirley just wants to eat everything as this is authentic Shanghai, the food she grew up on and just loves! me just check out that pepper sizzling beef.....just delicious!!

    Hurry up! Fantastic! Authentic....YUMMY Rabbit ready for action! Doesn't get much better than this!
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