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Your week in food: Duck Island x Garage Project fête and more food trucks

Food, food and more food between 14-21 January.

Your week in food: Duck Island x Garage Project fête and more food trucks

Jan 14, 2020 What's On

It’s week two. We have already gone through more filter coffee in the last week than during our entire holiday break, but things are looking up! There’s a very cool sounding Duck Island x Garage Project event on this weekend, and lots of food truck shenanigans with some of our faves.

Food calendar 14-21 January

Silo Cinema: Yesterday

Before you fight the crowds for the perfect spot to bundle up with a blanket and watch ‘Yesterday’, definitely grab some dinner from the curated selection of food trucks available.
Friday 17 January

Te Atatu Night Market

Hosted once a month by the Auckland Food Truck Collective, the market has gained immense popularity due to its line up of some of Auckland’s best food trucks. With favourites such as Hapunan, Veggie Bang Bang and Jo Bros Burgers making an appearance, the hardest part will be picking which truck to dine at.
Friday 17 January

Duck Island x Garage Project Fairy Bread Fête

To celebrate the launch of their new bespoke GP Crushed Fairy Bread White, Red & Rosé at Garage Project Kingsland, you’ll definitely want to try Duck Island’s ice cream tacos, sandwiches and beer floats while you’re at it.
Saturday 18 January

ASB Classic

With a reputation as a spot to not only take in some tennis, the ASB Classic’s dining scene has been improving year on year, with several venues offering various treats for all foodies. From a Hawker & Roll pop-up to Asian-fusion bites designed by Azabu (think black tiger prawn dumplings & free-range karaage chicken), there’s something for everyone.
Ends Saturday 18 January

Miso Ra at Urbanaut Brewery

To make your weekend that little bit sweeter, we recommend a beer-and-ramen combination – it makes for an ideal treat. Using flour noodles instead of the traditional egg variety, their warming broth is also vegan-friendly.
Saturday 18 January

I Love Takapuna Summer Days Festival

A free event for the whole community, there’s everything for everyone. From clowns, DJ’s, SUP session and everyone’s favorite part of the festival – a delicious line-up of food trucks.
Saturday 18 January

What we ate this week

This week, Jean Teng is joined by our Metro intern, Britney Clasper

Lobster & Tap
The American classic has finally graced our shore, and these guys do a pretty decent job of it. Their hot buttered lobster roll with a squeeze of lemon is definitely the way to go, packed with 90 grams of fresh lobster. Although my bread was a tad stale due to dining late in the evening, I still found myself enjoying every mouthful of warm, buttery goodness. – BC

Charlie’s Gelato
A place I visit more often then I’d like to admit, be sure to go for the vast selection of handcrafted gelatos but stay for the coconut sorbet. So creamy, so moreish, so refreshing. Every time. – BC

Sim’s Kitchen
Please be aware that as it was the first week back from the holidays I have zero money to spend on nice meals, and in fact am too socially exhausted to do much more than go straight home and shovel down two plates of rice with chicken. One of three meals I ate outside my home happened only because my insane parents drove from the North Shore to Hillsborough for lunch and picked me up at my office. I had nasi lemak with fried chicken, which is an absolute classic that could only be improved by more chicken. – JT

Mr Zhou’s Dumplings
Always boiled, not steamed, and sometimes pan-fried. – JT

Kippers Takeaway
In the middle of summer heat, the inside of this Orewa takeaway feels like a purgatory: dramatically high ceilings, an unavoidable fragrance of oil and vinegar, $2 pottles of tomato sauce. Fortunately, their beer-batter is delicious and crisp, and their chips have just enough of that fishy oil taste. Shout-out to Orewa’s vicious seagulls, by the way, who are extremely huge bullies. – JT

Halo Top ice cream
There is nothing in the world less interesting to me than low-calorie ice cream. That is not low-calorie ice cream’s fault, but I’ve put this here as a warning for anyone who is craving an unhealthy, creamy, sweet treat: this is really, really not for you. I accidentally bought a tub of this stuff, and unfortunately, it is flavourless, icy and sad, a dessert that would probably only taste good if you’ve been regularly depriving yourself of full-fat. – JT

Sometimes you just want curry and rice for $15 or less, and that’s why you’ll get here. A reliable inner-city lunch option, on Elliot St. – JT


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