Cafe review: The Hamptons

The Hamptons

Stephanie Holmes reviews a temporary beach retreat nestled in the heart of the CBD.

Review: Freeman and Grey

Freeman and Grey

Freeman and Grey covers all the food basics in a 100 year old building.

Cafe review: Mimosa

Mimosa Cafe

An above-average dining experience in a cutely-decorated space, with just a few complaints from our reviewer.

Review: Foxtrot Parlour

Foxtrot Parlour

Ponsonby's new Foxtrot Parlour feels like it's always been there, effortlessly blending in and attracting loyal clientele from the word go.

Review: The Oak Room

The Oak Room

There has been lots of chat about the revamped Victoria Park Market and we turn up half expecting to find it all up and running. No such luck - there are several restaurants, bars and cafes and a smattering of shops - but the prospects are exciting and the market website has next April as completion time.

Review: Latin Larder

Latin Larder

Gearing up for the first swim of the summer, first we need some sustenance. We head away from the hustle and bustle of the new Commons complex and Hurstmere Rd's bounty of bars and cafes. We want something a bit more secluded and have heard about Latin Larder's sunny courtyard further on.

Sharing is caring at Tin Soldier

Tin Soldier

Ponsonby's Tin Soldier is the perfect place to share plates with some like-minded foodie mates, says Ben Rogers.

Review: Next Door Cafe at Bowmans

Next Door Cafe at Bowmans

Mt Eden's Bowmans Restaurant is a classy establishment at night and by day it takes on a new identity as the stylish cafe Next Door. Located within the same premises as the restaurant, Next Door takes on all the sophisticated stylistic touches of Bowmans, with glossy floors and dark wooden accents.

Review: Dante's at Ponsonby Central


The newly opened Ponsonby Central complex is now home to the reincarnation of Dante's Pizzeria Napoletana.

Review: Verona


Auckland institution Verona has become a favourite with its friendly welcome, interesting menu and affordable prices.

Cafe review: Dida's at Victoria Park


This place is a one-stop shop for foodies and with better service could easily become a favourite, says our reviewer.

Sweet delights at AUT

University students show patisserie talent

AUT Cake showcase, the muppets

It was lights, camera, pastry at AUT University's Piko Restaurant yesterday as 36 patisserie students showed off their skills in an annual showcase.

Review: Shefco Cedar Bakery

Shefco Cedar Bakery

REVIEW: The name doesn't scream falafel but this establishment is a real little gem.

Cafe review: Zomer


Takapuna's Zomer has a certain sunny charm, but could do better, writes Maureen Marriner.

Review: Shore Rd Cafe

Shore Rd Cafe

Unflappable staff and satisfying food and coffee make Shore Rd Cafe a great eating-out option.

Taste menus revealed

Top chefs plan dazzling festival dishes

Taste of Auckland

Auckland Now

Victoria Park is set to transform into a foodie paradise for Taste 2012 and Aucklanders can now start drooling over the menus.

Review: Occam


Occam hits all the right spots with swift service and tasty food.

Review: Little Espresso Room

Little Espresso Room

While Parnell's Little Espresso Room is a good choice for the hungry, there's room for improvement.

Review: Urban Soul

Urban Soul

Urban Soul is housed in a light and airy space with delicious food.

Winner's got real Soul

Viaduct bar scoops top hospitality prize

Soul Judith Tabron

Viaduct hotspot Soul Bar scoops a top industry award and its owner gets special recognition.

Review: Federal & Wolfe

Federal & Wolfe

Federal & Wolfe is so proud of its organic, free-range ingredients, it lists its local suppliers as part of the large menu on the outside wall.

Review: Shed Five

Shed Five

Motorcycles take pride of place in Shed Five where the revving atmosphere compliments the delicious food.

Wild food finalists dished up

Sale St Wild Food

Auckland's Sale St Bar has beaten more than 130 contenders to take its place in the finals of a nationwide wild food challenge.

Top chefs at Taste of Auckland

Taste of Auckland

A selection of Auckland's best chefs will tantalise tastebuds at the Taste of Auckland festival this year.

Review: Libertine


Libertine's cool building lends it plenty of atmosphere - and it serves up top-notch meals.

Review: Penelope Cafe

Penelope Cafe

Attentive customer service and tasty treats will make one-time customers return to Penelope Cafe, says Kate Mead.

Review: Tyler St Garage

Tyler St Garage

Saturday brunch is the perfect excuse to sample one of the 100 Auckland restaurant month special menus at this Britomart hotspot.

Chefs show skills at Culinary Fare


Top chefs  from around the country will put their culinary skills to the test at the New Zealand Culinary Fare later this month.

Review: The Commons

The Commons

The Commons brings town to Takapuna and deserves its place in the sun.

The Grill named NZ's best

Unpretentious menu is world class

sean connolly the grill

An Auckland restaurant with an "unpretentious" menu has taken the top trophy in Cuisine magazine's 2012 Restaurant of the Year Awards.

Cafe review: Florentine Tearoom

Florentine Tearoom

A high-tea vibe combined with a great savoury menu makes Florentine Tearoom more than what it seems, says Kate Mead.

Cafe review: Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove cafe

Comfort food rules at Birkenhead's Tongue and Groove cafe, says Maureen Marriner.

Food show deals in delight

Auckland Food Show

The ASB Showgrounds have once again put on a delicious Auckland Food Show to satisfy lovers of fine food and drink.

Top chef joins Federal St

Nic Watt

Top chef Nic Watt is returning home to Auckland to open a restaurant on Federal St.

Revamp looms for waterfront icon

Harbourside restaurant

The group behind one of Auckland's new restaurants are planning a major refurbishment at waterfront eatery Harbourside.

Top chefs tackle wild food

Wild Food Challenge

The race is on among New Zealand restaurants to create the ultimate wild food dish - and hungry Aucklanders will help pick the winner.

Cafe review: Tin Soldier

Tin Soldier cafe

Getting carried away in tasty delights is the order of the day at Tin Soldier, writes Maureen Marriner.

Search for pie 'wow factor'

Judges chow down on New Zealand's best

Dennis Kirkpatrick

Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but in a pie contest you'd think the judging would be better determined by the belly.

Search for NZ's best pie

Judges prepare to chow down on pastry


The Bakels Supreme Pie Awards judges have the lip-smacking task this week of evaluating the record 4500 pies, from 444 bakeries and cafes.

Review: Little 107

Little 107

Little 107 is possibly one of those cafes you've passed by a number of times while on your way to your usual Ponsonby Rd brunch stop.

Restaurant month menus

Josh Emett

Celebrity chefs announce special menus they plan to deliver for Auckland Restaurant Month.

Review: Bird on a Wire

Bird On A Wire

Bird on a Wire do solely free-range rotisserie chickens in a block of small eateries where takeaways make up much of the trade.

Review: Teed St Larder

Teed St Larder

You know a cafe is good when people brave sitting outside in the cold because those are the only tables left. We walk into Teed St Larder at just the right time and nab a table down the back.

Chelsea Winter dishes the dirt

Chelsea Winter

Masterchef winner Chelsea Winter doesn't like trifle, and would come over all silly in Jamie Oliver's presence.

Chelsea wins MasterChef

Marketing exec on top in battle of Aucklanders

Ana Schwarz and Chelsea Winter

She stayed calm and collected through 16 weeks of culinary challenges but Aucklander Chelsea Winter finally broke down when she was announced the winner of MasterChef 2012.

Finalists feeling the heat

Who will win tonight's MasterChef battle?

Masterchef finalists

OPINION: MasterChef is as much about cooking as The Sopranos was about waste management.

Review: French Rendez-Vous Cafe

 French Rendez-Vous Cafe

The good food speaks for itself at this Takapuna lakeside cafe.

Top chefs in Restaurant Month

food generic

Some of the biggest names in food are coming together to celebrate the local restaurant scene.

Review: Mexico


Mexico, the newest, coolest kid on the trendy Britomart scene is a new favourite - provided you can get in the door.

Calling all MasterChefs

Wannabes line up as season finale looms

The all-Auckland final four are still battling it out on telly screens every Tuesday night, but applications are already being sought for the next series of MasterChef New Zealand.

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