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’…

Cibo

A restaurant situated within an old chocolate factory certainly piqued our interest and we made a booking immediately. Even better is the fact it is just at the bottom of our road! Two words that immediately sprung to mind upon entering Cibo were decadent and atmospheric. Moody lighting and elegant interiors combined with quirky notes…

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…

Le Garde Manger

Where do you go to find rustic, hearty, traditional French food in Auckland? On first glance, you might not think that Upper Queen Street would be the first place you would venture to but you’d be mistaken. Tucked in between a host of Asian eateries is this French gem, complete with red and white checked…

Bambina

Bambina first came to our attention when we saw some jaw dropping photos on Instagram of edible flowers, fruit platters and amazing styling of dishes. Situated just off the main drag on Teed Street in Newmarket it looks unassuming from the street. Rows of sweet treats line the counter and the cafe is bright, airy…

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;…