Double the noodles
Eden Noodles opens a second branch in Albany
Praise be! Tiny Sichuan eatery Eden Noodles has opened a second, larger (and flasher) restaurant in Albany, which means the likelihood of getting your hands on their famed noodles has increased tenfold. The more modern fit-out lacks some of the charm of the Dominion Road site, but Tina Xiao’s (pictured above) food is still one of the best examples of Sichuan cooking in the city.
Shop 3, 14 Corinthian Drv, Albany
A new Ponsonby cafe
A little secret off the main street
Hyde Kitchen & Cellar is hidden (get it!?) just off the main Ponsonby drag, behind Superette. There are a couple of tables inside, and a few more out in the courtyard. A game-heavy menu features anything from goat to rabbit, depending on the season, and it’s all sourced from a second-generation hunting family in Marlborough. Head chef Blair Johnstone uses the meat and a dash of kitchen skill to turn out wild goat pies and venison sausage rolls, rillettes, salamis and more – the charcuterie platter offers a taste of most things.
282 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Gelato and oysters to stay or to go
Island Gelato and Shucker Brothers open downtown
Geoff Tippett and Ana Schwarz started making gelato three years ago in Oneroa on Waiheke Island, selling it from a converted shipping container. With 30 bespoke flavours to choose from – like Thai basil and mandarin, buttermilk and dulce, or Waiheke honeycomb, plus dairy and gluten-free options – their store has been hugely popular. So much so, that last week they opened another in the downtown Ferry Building, and moved their research and production kitchen to Eden Terrace, which will service both the Waiheke and downtown sites.
Designed by Cheshire Architects, the new store – with its marble benchtops, brass accents and fun menu fonts (by Anthony Hos) – feels like a revamped version of the ice cream parlours of yesteryear. A custom neon sign by Neon Fabrications hangs from the high ceiling above all of this, inviting ferry-riders and tourists inside.
The building itself was actually too large for just a gelato parlour, so Tippett and Schwarz divided the space. Shucker Brothers, their new oyster and wine bar next door, will start shucking oysters at around 11am every day. Te Matuku oysters will be standard but there will also be an ever-changing array of local, seasonal varieties too – Mahurangi, Pacific, and so on. The wine list focusses on premium producers at fair price points and there will be bar snacks, like crab-filled doughnuts and raw fish, created by head chef and co-owner Mark Nicholson.
Auckland Ferry Building,99 Quay St, central city
The raw food movement continues
The Raw Kitchen opens a second branch on Elliot Street
When Olivia Scott (pictured above) was studying in Wellington, she won a year’s worth of free coffee from Peoples Coffee. The cafe she won it from was right next door to her flat, so she never missed a daily cup that whole year. The machine from that cafe, now painted ‘New York Pink’, sits proudly on display in Scott’s newest branch of The Raw Kitchen on Elliot Street. A little bit of nostalgia among the newness, Peoples had it refurbished especially for her. Scott only took the lease on this heritage building – with its curved bay window at the front and a dangerously steep staircase leading up to a cosy mezzanine level – six weeks ago. In that time she’s stripped back the tell-tale signs of owners past – dodgy wallpaper, even dodgier floor work – to reveal the space’s shell. The fit-out is painted in soft pinks and cream, with some linen thrown in for good measure. It’s mumsy in a good way. The menu will be a slightly extended version of the City Works Depot branch and will include new ketogenic-friendly slices for those avoiding sugar. She’ll be keeping both shops and working between the two.
Shop 1, The Strand Arcade, Elliot St