Inti

We were recently invited to sample the exotic and alluring cuisine of South America by one of the newest kids on the Auckland restaurant block – Inti. Headed up by Spanish chef Javier Carmona, Inti puts a contemporary  spin on traditional Hispanic dishes. Situated on the corner of O’Connell and Chancery Streets in a grand…

The Grill by Sean Connolly

What do you picture when you envisage the perfect steakhouse? For us it’s dim lighting, plush furnishings, red wine and quality meat. You know those times when you really fancy a bloody good steak? This was one of those nights for us and we knew exactly where we wanted to get it.   Part of…

Miann

Gone are the days of desserts being an afterthought and being served substandard ready made frozen ‘delights’ after a meal. There is a new wave of dessert restaurants popping up and they are taking desserts seriously! The brainchild of husband and wife team Brian and Roselle Campbell, Miann is the Gaelic word for ‘to desire’…

Ortolana

Meaning ‘market gardener’ in Italian, Ortolana which is situated within the hustle and bustle of Britomart is an elegant, contemporary space. Although small, it is perfectly formed with classy fixtures and fittings in a light filled conservatory. An open and welcoming space, Ortolana is connected to the dessert cafe Milse next door and therefore you…

Café Hanoi

When hearing Aucklanders talk about where to get the best Vietnamese food in the city, Café Hanoi’s name came up often. Situated in Britomart, you could almost walk straight past the inconspicuous door on the corner of Galway and Commerce Street. The cosy, calm and authentic atmosphere grips you as soon as you walk through…

The Dinner Club

A couple of weekends ago, we saw a great event advertised on Facebook. A collection of street food vendors all getting together and bringing their delicious offerings to an event space in Grey Lynn. Tucked away on a side street just off  Richmond Road were a selection of food trucks and huge communal tables to…

Mint Cakery

Willing to follow our sweet tooth wherever it takes us, when we saw pictures of the cakes on offer at Mint Cakery we knew we had to get there. So on Sunday we set off to Point Chevalier and the new venture of the pastry Chef Michelle Bevan and her partner Daren Jarrett (ex-Clooney Chef;…