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Your week in food: A new wine bar preview, Maori and Pasifika food trucks, and what we ate this week

The lowdown on Auckland's food scene: what's happening from 22 October onwards.

Your week in food: A new wine bar preview, Maori and Pasifika food trucks, and what we ate this week

Oct 22, 2019 What's On

Yet another wine bar on Karangahape Road, a reminder of one of our great weekend food markets, and what we ate this week. Metro brings you a round up of the best of what Auckland has to offer for the coming week – 22 October to  29 October – in our city’s diverse and exciting food scene.

My Kai My Heritage
Tuia 250, or the Captain Cook arrival commemorations, have been controversial. (And rightly so.) As part of the commemorations, Auckland Council is hosting food truck collective Puna Kai, who’ll be cooking up Maori and Polynesian fusion delicacies. It’s free to attend too. So go enjoy some hangi, fry bread, raw fish, and protest if you like.
25-28 October | Te Wero Island, Eastern Viaduct

Clay Preview Evening
Wine Diamond’s wine bar and shop Clay is on the way, opening its K Road doors sometime in the new future. In the meantime, a preview evening at Coffee Supreme’s shared workspace CHAIRS promises natural wine and porchetta, and a little insight into what’s to come. A bit weird this preview isn’t happening in their bar but, you know, let’s roll with it.
26 October | CHAIRS, 376 Great North Road

La Cigale Britomart?
Just a reminder that this – and all the other weekend markets! – exist. It’s a slow week for one-off food events, but there’s no shortage of regular foodie-adjacent events to go to in Auckland, this being one of them. Pastries and coffee galore.
26 October | Britomart

Taste of Auckland
From October 31 to November 3, the Cloud and Shed 10 will be transformed for the country’s biggest food and drink festival, with new festival zones (Decadence Collective, Ocean Terrace, The Shed , Artisan Marketplace and Spice Alley), a gin garden for VIP ticket holders and live music. To read more, click here for Metro’s full preview.
31 October-3 November

READ MORE: New bar Little Culprit opens its doors across the road from Culprit

New Openings

Fair enough if you’re feeling grim after googling Auckland’s forecast for the week ahead. Spring…where you at? It might help your mood to know that there’s a new Korean restaurant (they’ve replaced Dae Ga Restaurant) that specialises in traditional soups. Get it right and grab one of their signature soups; lamb, pork bone or mixed pork.
476 Queen St, Auckland

What We Ate This Week
Jean Teng and Alex Blackwood

Taylors Estate Rosé and matching dessert
This was genius. Instead of just talking us through the notes in the wine, Taylors Estate got the team at Milse to guide me and a bunch of other foodies through a dessert with each of the flavour elements in it. Because we’d put it together, we saw, tasted and smelled each ingredient that represented a flavour they wanted to highlight in the wine; strawberries, mouse, jam and biscuits. It was yum and I was impressed by the sheer neatness of it all. – AB

Taylors Estate Rosé and matching dessert at Milse. Photo: Alex Blackwood
Taylors Estate Rosé and matching dessert at Milse. Photo: Alex Blackwood

Chocolate croissant at Birthday Everyday
I’m going to fess up and say I didn’t eat this this week. I’ve had a very average week of eating, and it’s occurred to me how much I repeat my same-old locals week after week. Then I spotted a croissant in my Camera Roll that I don’t think I ever talked about on here, from new dessert shop Birthday Everyday in Takapuna. Their desserts are certainly of the prim-and-proper, almost-too-good-to-eat variety, all glossy and shiny and angular. I had a very nice chocolate croissant here once, perhaps a few weeks ago, piped with chocolate cream and appropriately buttery. – JT
2A Byron Avenue, Takapuna

Jjampong at KangChon
Just to prove my previous point, here’s a repeat entry. This soup is so delicious, I should bang on about it more often, tbh, because I’ve never seen a white person in a Korean-Chinese restaurant – it’s a lesser known cuisine, no less yum – and in a city that’s majority-Pakeha, I probably should. (Please get out of your comfort zone and try it!) It’s a seafood noodle soup flavoured by gochugaru, just the right side of spicy and with thin, springy egg noodles. – JT
546 E Coast Rd, Windsor Park

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