Jan 15, 2014 Restaurants
St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro
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By Catherine McGregor and Simon Wilson. Photos by Ken Downie.
1. Ambitious, affordable eateries
It’s how we like to eat: informally, with super-personable, super-efficient service and food you just can’t get enough of. While lots of restaurants around town struggle, at places where they aim really high while keeping it casual there are packs of customers waiting to get in. The celeb stars leading the trend are Al Brown with Depot and Federal Deli and Michael Van de Elzen with The Food Truck, but many others are also in the game, including Coco’s Cantina, Blue Breeze Inn, Mexico, Orleans, Ortolana, St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro and The Hamptons (Clooney’s summer 2012/13 operation on Shortland St).
The trend also extends to takeaway (take a bow, The Lucky Taco and Bird on a Wire) and into the suburbs: St Heliers has the marvellous St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro and La Fourchette (sister cafe to Britomart’s L’Assiette), Sandringham locals can’t get enough of Petit Bocal, Mt Wellington has Charlie & George and Pt Chevalier is falling in love with The Twisted Tomato.