An French bakery & patisserie serving mouth watering and epicurian delights. It is also a café / brasserie offering small lunches and weekend brunches. You can dine in or take away. Parking can somtimes be a hassle on Saturday mornings and some weekdays.
The food & coffee are OK... there are plenty of better places for coffees. Bread products are their strong point. Only drawback is the location on Thorndon Quay so outdoors dining is not really attractive.
7:15am - 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays
7:15am - 3pm Mondays & Sundays
Favorite Dish: Nice breads
Awarded NZ Restaurant of the Year 2001, 2002 & 2003. They offers an authentic taste of New Zealand's fresh seasonal foods and flavours. The menu changes with the seasons so you can enjoy what's fresh in the markets. Not cheap, but food is good.
Open 7 days, 6:30am till late for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
A vibrant atmosphere & an innovative design concept... they offer choices from the exotic flavours of India, South China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Booths and large tables make for an intimate or sociable dining experience, where the wide range of cooking styles can be enjoyed by sharing dishes. Servings aren't big.
They don't take reservations. Prepare to wait on busy nights, usually Thursdays til Sundays. If you have to wait, you can always have a drink first @ the bar. For non alcoholic drink, try mango lassi (yogurt smoothie / shake - an Indian drink) - very refreshing.
11am - 11pm Mondays to Fridays
12pm till late Saturdays & Sundays
Favorite Dish: • Sichuan style stir fried eggplant
• Naan (Punjabi style bread)
You will find a range of Indian food, such as tikkas, vindaloos & tandoori in this modern setting just off bustling Courtenay Place. Only been there for lunch once. Lunches are a bargain @ about NZD$10 for butter chicken and lamb korma. Mains cost around NZD$15 but the dining experience will cost more with the raita, chutney and other tempting side dishes.
Enjoy your Malaysian cuisine, both contemporary Malay and Oriental dishes, including vegetarian dishes @ this long & narrow casual dining restaurant with full bar facilities. They open 11am-2:30pm for lunch & 5-10pm for dinner 6 days a week. Close on Sundays.
Favorite Dish: Kapitan curry
Cheap & best value for money for lunch in town, especially great for students. All lunch deals @ NZD$6.95.
Atmosphere is not that great but the 70s Chinese decor gives the place real character as well the lunch special makes up for it!!
Favorite Dish: • Crispy chicken on garlic rice
• Hainanese chicken rice (ask for the chilli that accompanies it)
• Beef brisket noodle soup
• Sin Chow Mee (thin rice noddles / bee hoon)
• Wat Tan Hor (flat rice noodles)
Good value lunch - Roti Special . The menu has a selection of dishes from popular curries to sambals, noodles & rice dishes, and vegetarian dishes. Since there are a number of good Malaysian restaurants in town, I normally come here for the Indian cuisine, eg. dosai dishes (rice / lentil crepes), murtabak (spicy potato or meat-stuffed griddle bread / roti)... If you want nasi beriani (a traditional Indian rice dish where the rice is tinted with turmeric & tinged with saffron, served with meat), you'll have to do a special pre-order & I believe it is only available on Thursdays & Fridays.
By the way, this is a licenced restaurant / café.
Enjoy exquisite Chinese looking in intimate surroundings overlooking Courtenay Place. They have daily dim sum / yum char lunch (yum char specialists). Their dinner session starts from 5:30pm.
Be prepare to wait even if you have a booking... it's worth the wait. Believe me. This is our favourite yum char place in some weekends. I would definitely recommend bookings on weekends. They are packed with people.
A small but cosy Malaysia restaurant, but if you want to have a glass of wine, you'll have to have it @ home as this is an unlicensed restaurant. They do takeaways too. Food is good & value for money. Here's some of the dishes available... mee goreng, roti with curry, chicken sambal & many many more.
D'oh! Why didn't I go here yesterday, instead of wasting my money at the Eastern Sunrise (see above). Same price and ten times better food and the ambience...
Nice wooden interior. You can choose to sit at the counter, at a table or traditionally Japanese. Nice lighting. Contemporary Jazz music, not too loud, just right.
When you enter, the whole staff (3 waiters and 5 cooks behind the counter) greets you in Japanese, and the say goodbye to you when you leave.
Friendly waiters, always coming to your table and asking if there's anything else I want. Smiling...
What a difference to my Eastern Sunrise Cafeteria (I even had to downgrade yesterday's rating on that one).
Favorite Dish: Starters:
Japanese fishcake (fried, 8 wedges, served with grated radish), NZ$6
Tofu steak (fried, 3 cubes, with spring onion, fried onion, shiitake mushroom* and bean sprouts in a sweet soy sauce on a hot platter), NZ$10
Sesame ice cream (4 scoops), NZ$4
* I asked the waiter for shiitake, but what I got were ordinary mushrooms...
I had noticed this restaurant on my way back to my hostel from Te Papa the other night, and not seeing any whites in there, I concluded that it had to be popular with the local Chinese/Asian, and thus pretty authentic.
Friendly staff, but cheap-looking, cafeteria-style interior.
Favorite Dish: Starter:
Fried Bean Curd Rolls with Duck Meat, NZ$5.50
Hot and Spicy Spare Ribs, NZ$ 15
A couple of apple slices and orange wedges
Don't miss Olive Cafe when you need a caffeine fix! There is no better coffee anywhere else..
The best iced coffee, the best long and short blacks…..even for those of you who require extra strength. ……….and the best lattes and my favourite....rich shreds of dark chocolate resting ever so lightly above the blend of froth and caffeine above your cappuccino...mmmmmmmm.......
I was mainly taken with this trendy cafe because the name of it reminded me of Austin Powers.
However, the coffee was also great, and it was nice sitting on a stool in the front window and watching the traffic go by.
We happened across this cafe because of its bright colours and because it was rather handy to where we were staying in Cuba Street.
Favorite Dish: If I recall, their coffee was rather good (nice enough that my husband went there 2 days running).
The Lady Luck is a beautiful converted caravan proudly serving Havana Roasters coffee, muffins, and the like.
She is the queen of all classy kitsch.
Ask for some coffee beans at the country and try your luck at any number of the Snakes and Ladders tables.
Favorite Dish: the double cappuccinos were darned tasty
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