Food neighbourhood: Titirangi

Houses rest on stilts, roads wind and hills dramatically ascend. Titirangi is more than just a pleasant stop en-route to the rugged west coast, as these great eats testify.

For all day eating:

Deco Eatery
Lopdell House dates back to the 1930s and boasts Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Art Gallery as a cool neighbour, and Alex Isik and Nigar Ivgen’s Turkish all-day eatery as a tasty tenant. The Mediterranean decor also features views out to the beautiful Manukau Harbour. 418 Titirangi Rd

The Refreshment Room
A cute cabin in the woods, The Refreshment Room’s easy all-day brunch menu (weekends only) and Italian-style shared plates accompany a breathtaking view of the Waitākeres. 233 Scenic Drv

At newly opened iTi, the treetops are even closer and the food crowd-pleasing, with classics like market fish (above), savannah eye fillet and tuna ceviche. 421 Titirangi Rd

Cheap eat:

Fish & Friends

No visit to a west coast beach is complete without a detour here for Stephen Ward’s fish and chips. The ex-O’Connell St Bistro chef handcuts potatoes for his fries, leaving the skin on, makes his own sauces, mushy peas, and even sausages for hot dogs. 414 Titirangi Rd


Titirangi Village Market and Green Bay Street Food Market

Founded in 1991, the monthly Titirangi Village Market features over 140 stalls; look out for raw honey and on-trend fermented foods. Meanwhile, down the road, a rotating line-up of food vendors park up at weekly Friday night market, Green Bay Street Food.
1 Barron Drv, Green Bay

What else is out west? Check out New Lynn for these cheap eats and coffee

Having established Dominion Road dumpling institution New Flavour, owner Bin Zhou sold it in favour of a quieter pace of dumpling-plying at Mr Zhou’s Dumplings on Great North Road. Happy Japanese, Paasha and Mushashi are also great affordable dinner options on the same road.

For coffee, visit Mt Atkinson’s flagship cafe and roastery The Tannery on Portage Road. It boasts Kohu Road ice cream made on site, and a kid-friendly caravan play area.

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