Nov 5, 2021 Metro Eats
I just woke up from a terrifying nightmare where I realised I’d forgotten my passport, too late to go back and get it in time to make the flight. After I went home (dream home) in complete dismay, I ordered some ramen from Ramen Do to console myself. My subconscious must have created this scenario in some way to remind me to remind you that Ramen Do is doing ramen kits for diners to make at home, with noodles and soup and toppings, for only $8-$9. Sharp price.
Something I’ve been doing to console myself, in real life, is scroll through artist Marc Conaco’s daily diaries, which are delightful and sometimes include food and drink recommendations around Tāmaki.
And, lastly, a reminder that we’d love to hear from people who work in hospitality, or own a hospitality business.
(Also, happy Diwali, or Deepavali, for yesterday!)
What’s good, new and happening
BestFoods Mayo is doing a collaboration with local sandwich shops for World Sandwich Day (which was 3 Nov). This special, a Sichuan fried chicken sandwich on white bread, from Hero Sandwich House is still available tomorrow.
A new Korean fried chicken place in Onehunga, Friken Chicken, is opening soon, on 11 November.
The old Genzui Ramen spot in Stamford Plaza in central city has transformed into Ten-hana, a Tempura bowl restaurant. While lockdown has meant it isn’t able to fully open its doors, pick-up and delivery is available.
Sometimes all I want to do is eat a shitload of seafood, and I have my eye on this seafood boil place on Instagram, Manaia Seafood Boil.
Last night I tried the Impossible Foods plant-based meat in a Cantine burger (#gifted) which of course tasted good because it had all the characteristics of a normal Cantine burger: smashed patty, extremely buttered soft buns, burger sauce. I’d say the texture is pretty spot on, if the goal is to be emulating meat, and if you’ve recently turned vegetarian this is a great option for burger cravings. Burger Burger, and a few other spots around Auckland, are offering it as well.
Garage Project have started doing non-alcoholic beer, TINY, which according to early reviews is “actually good”. As someone who is alcohol intolerant (and, somehow, beer can sometimes trigger it the worst), am interested in getting my hands on it soon.
In other drinks news, I was sent a couple of the new flavours from Good Buzz Kombucha’s “Artisan” range. I’m a big fan of the Lemon and Manuka Leaf one, which to me is less outwardly “fermenty” than I’m used to with kombucha, and tastes very similar to a clean, herbal iced tea.
If you’re a donut fan and finding it hard to get your hands on Doe or Grownup, this place Dough Heart is offering Italian donuts, or bomboloni (big bombs in Italian, haha) for pick-up or delivery.
Cordis has put together a Picnic High Tea for all your outdoor dining catch-ups, which includes things like lamb confit on a sable with mint cream cheese, or a dark chocolate cup with grapefruit jelly and honey mousse. If you order before November 30, you go into the draw to win either dinner for two at Eight restaurant or High Tea for four in the Chandalier Lounge as soon as rules allow. Fancy! $55pp.