As eateries scramble to get their doors open for the impending festive season when we're a little looser with our wallets and stomachs, we're treated to a new openings galore. Plus, a couple of cool end-of-year parties from Orphans Kitchen and The Cult Project.
Food news: 10-17 December
Every Friday night between now and Christmas (13th, 20th), enjoy a little end-of-year get-together by Orphans Kitchen. There will be kai from Good Dog Bad Dog, a new project coming to Commerical Bay 2020. $15 gets you entry and one hot dog (chilli cheese dog, dirty dog or the O.V plant-based snag). P.S. Daily Bread’s pop-up at The Greenhouse will continue till end of Jan.
Friday 13 December/Friday 20 December | The Greenhouse
Stone Soup Syndicate is an independent food magazine – largely based in Auckland – free to pick up, usually at your local cafe. They’re celebrating their ninth volume and fourth birthday with a picnic at Grey Lynn Park, the Williamson Rd end, at 2pm.
Saturday 14 December | Grey Lynn Park
The Cult’s Project Chrismas party will see chef Carlo Buenaventura manning the grill for a not-so-classic take on Southern Filipino bbq and kinilaw (ceviche). Cambridge Road are sending through a limited amount of their latest pet nat. RSVP via @thecultproject to get a sneak at their menu (about 2 grilled and 3-4 raw dishes) and a chance to pre-order.
Sunday 15 December | Annabel’s Wine Bar
A new seafood and cerviche bar from the team behind Besos Latinos in Elliot Stables. 132 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter
Xtra Ordinary Eatery
Hobsonville Point’s Siamese Doll sister eatery, Xtra Ordinary is billed as “Japanese, Thai, European” fusion and has recently opened in the new Long Bay development. 57 Glenvar Ridge Rd, Long Bay
Khu Khu Eatery
An all-vegan Thai restaurant in the heart of Ponsonby. Yep – all vegan. 171a Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
The Flaming Onion
Famous Northcote burgers make it over the bridge to the heart of the city (interesting, just a five-minute walk from the Metro office). 22 Drake St, Freemans Bay
A new addition comes to Albany on the North Shore - check out Jean Teng's first look here. 4 Appian Way, Albany
What we ate this week
Jean Teng and Alex Blackwood
A menu created by Petter Nilsson cooked by Peter Gordon at The Sugar Club
Last Tuesday, an event called The Great Gelinaz Shuffle, saw 148 chefs around the world cook each other’s menus – and in Auckland, Peter Gordon cooked the food of Swedish chef Petter Nilsson. Compared to Peter Gordon’s slick and sumptuous fairly modern cuisine, the food of Petter Nilsson was earthier and funnily enough, much more traditionally Swedish. Happily, both chefs share an affinity for local, sustainable ingredients that are a little out of the ordinary. Case in point, the dessert was miso ice cream with caramelised lemon and black cherry wafer – chef's kiss emoji. - AB
A good time, with good bread. Yes to the clams, but if the octopus is on, get that instead. - JT
146b Karanghape Rd, K’Rd Precinct
A whole lot of eggplant
Eggplant is underrated and if you disagree then you’re missing out. - AB
Coffee jelly at Ark
The most utterly delightful summer dessert in the world. Refreshing. Caffeine. Cream. Wonderful, bouncy, silky texture. I’m obsessed. - JT
6/461-467 Lake Rd, Takapuna
Finally! Even though we’d already eaten a whole-ass meal before stumbling upon their truck during Karangahape Rd’s First Thursdays, we split some ramen and drunk the whole lot. Doughier noodles than I’m used to, with a salty, fatty broth that really had me thinking about umami. - JT
On the road