This place is a real gem! Great for small groups, albeit a little bit noisey but fun all the same. They serve the food to the centre of round tables, on a turntable. Communal meals such as this are fun and usually very reasonably priced.
All the food was delicious and I thoroughly recommend this place, I'll be back for sure.
METRO magazine awarded this place BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT FOR 2003!.
In the photo here, Canton Café is the 2-storeyed building with the wooden framed doors, situated next to Bouchon Restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Spicy battered prawn dish garnished with onions and capsicums.
Scallops were delicious.
We only paid $20 each and that included the wine one of us supplied. That is, he didn't pay for his meal.
You can bring wine or beer into the restaurant but not soft drinks or orange juice as they have that for sale.
Another very special "find" in the Kingsland area, is this place. You will eat authentic French cuising here, and I doubt you will be disappointed.
Summer time sees people dining out the back in the summer garden area. However the main restaurant area is tastefully decorated with lovely French decor and paintings.
Bouchon is an award winning restaurant.
Visually appealing, really tastefully decorated. Interesting too.
But the service was terrible, making us wait too long, even just for initial drinks.
Staff not prepared to have eye contact and behaved like we weren't really there.
Sadly, it didn't used to be like this, but it's gone down lately.
Wonderfully interesting shop with something for everyone.
What to buy: Lot of Virgin Mary items, in here.
French knick knacks for the kitchen and house, and very tasteful "things" to adorn your living room etc.
Actually all sorts in this shop, it took me a while to look at it all and even get out again.
What to pay: Not cheap, but small items not too over priced.
This is the factory, you can view the carvers at work thru the viewing window.
Prices here are probably the lowest you will find, for greenstone souvenirs.
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm
Sat 9am - 1pm
What to buy: Lower priced greenstone items. Some pendants as low as $5 or $10.
Ornaments, and carvings here also.
What to pay: $5 -$500 depending on what you buy!
If you are in this part of town during the daytime, take a wander along the street before you have your meal, if possible. It really is interesting and quite a hotchpotch of shops and eating places. One of the older areas of Auckland, Kingsland has quite interesting architecture, for NZ anyway. It's messy and unkempt but some of the buildings have been partially renovated.
Fondest memory: You will see an interesting array of cars as well, European and classic, as the people who like to come here to eat are very "worldly" and interesting. Seems a lot of personal plates as well, perhaps the upwardly mobile city population.
Just in case you need to get some cash while in this part of town, there is a money machine (ATM) at the chemist shop (Pharmacy) just near the restaurants in the main street.
An unusual site, to see it placed like this, but very handy all the same.