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In my other life I work for a major Australasian bank. Training for a new role took me up to Auckland last week. This was for 4 days with a rather nice hotel room and a fairly decent expenses budget. My first thoughts when booking the trip all involved food and eating out. I wasn’t keen on the idea of eating out alone and so I asked for company. I used social media and soon got myself 3 dates and some locals food knowledge. I love social media and I love food. Work is pretty great too.
Sometimes being the oldest in a group of people is a good thing. I had the foresight to join the club of the hotel I was booked in and give my club number when checking in. I also got to the hotel first and that may have influenced my excellent room. I was on the 13th floor, with a king bed and a city view with glimpses of the harbour. I stayed at Rydges Auckland and found the location fantastic. I felt safe walking around the area by myself and the hotel is a nice size.
So ….. the eating.
I had what was probably my favourite meal of 2016. It blew me away. Back in July I went to Ottolenghi’s and I did love it but thought the portions could have been a lot larger. This meal in Auckland was more what I imagined and so very good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. This is what I wrote on Zomato.
The atmosphere, surroundings and service were spot on. The food was incredible and even the bathroom is nice.
Between two of us we had the Afghan bread, smoked yoghurt labna, fattoush, wedding tabbouleh and the slow braised goat. Every dish was full of individuality , taste and flavour.
Next time I up up in Auckland this will be my first stop. I now have a new food aim, to eat their breakfast. In an ideal world I would try all of both menus. My one regret is I couldn’t fit pudding in.
Thank you for a lovely evening out Sarah, it was lovely to meet the real you.
Love this place and I just couldn’t resist a return visit. OK, so I went twice.
My first visit was for dinner with Wendy Wings and her lovely daughter. You can’t book so we waited for a table at the bar where you get to watch the kitchen, it is a pretty fab spot. I love the diner feel of the place and it has a happy feel. This visit I had a hot dog, poutine and New York Cheesecake. It was all spot on and I also loved the Black Cherry Soda.
My second visit was for breakfast and I just had to have the Griddle Cakes – blueberry buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon butter & strudel nut crunch. They were as good as I remembered from a past visit and I could see them being carefully cooked and the blueberries in the top being individually popped. The coffee was good too, I do love a bottomless cup.
I met another social media friends here who works for the same bank as me. He choose the place and it is a lovely location. We sat outside watching the harbour. White and Wong is good but not the cheapest Asian. The food was lovely and so is the location. I rather loved the steamed pork buns and the custard buns we finished with were rather fab.
Thanks for the company Andrew and Greg.
I have to admit that I didn’t get the chance to try a pie from Heaven Scent. I did however have two breakfast (not at the same time). This place is right near The Rydges but if you weren’t looking for it you wouldn’t know it was there. It is upstairs in a loft space and it light and airy. My first visit I had the lovely muesli and the second time I had a delicious apricot and walnut brioche. The coffee was good too.
This cafe is not far from the hotel either and rather lovely. I had a great start to my day as you can see above. Yes, I ate the lot and still managed lunch. The whole pile was delicious. You seriously can’t beat a good NZ avocado. The ricotta was lovely too, everything was great.
That was my main eating. I also went to the Albert Street Food Court because you have to, got a take away cake for Milse, a sneaky slice of Sal’s Pizza which was spot on and a healthy lunch from The Little Bird Unbakery. I mustn’t forget Mexicali Fresh, that is my kind of fast food.
Oh how I love food.