Photography by Alex Blackwood.
The Chosen Bun serves burgers with thoughtfully selected ingredients in the east Auckland suburb of Stonefields.
There’s a similar story for each different element in each different burger: The carrots chosen are local tricoloured carrots and the buns are sesame-speckled brioche that don’t go soggy. This means they can make their way home to be eaten as takeaways while still toasty-fresh.
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Even the milkshake syrups have made their way through a vetting process. The Chosen Bun use Master Milkshake syrups in the kind of flavours that your 6 or 26-year-old self will find hard to resist (apple pie, chocolate fish or cherry vanilla, anyone?). Also on offer are Six Barrel Sodas, to be joined on the drinks menu by Garage Project beer and some local wines when their liquor licence comes through soon.
There are elements of surprise to be found, like crispy noodles and pickled carrot on The Big Smoke burger. Yet the best part of the menu is that almost every item is available gluten-free – even the buttermilk chicken. The philosophy is that food is what brings people together so a dietary restriction shouldn’t stop anyone from fully enjoying it. There’s plenty for vegetarians too, plus plans to add a second vege/vegan burger, gluten-free mozzarella balls and of course, outdoor seating so locals can have a beer in the sun after walking their dog to the Stonefields shops (an ever popular request apparently).