On our recent trip to Auckland we were pleasantly surprised to find that the city is now divided into 'precincts' resulting in a lot of new additions to the dining out mix.
Such as the former industrial area of Morningside which now features several warehouse space cafes including Crave, KIND and even a bar The Morningside Tavern , amidst the new apartment developments. Feels a lot like Alexandria in Sydney but on a smaller scale.
Located on the once notorious Kellett Street, on the Kings Cross side off Darlinghurst Road, this small bistro feels cosy but sophisticated. Owner / Operator Mauro Forgillo - originally from Milan - wore all the hats to get his first restaurant open - from painting the chairs to writing the blackboard. A far cry from the busy & swanky evirons of Rockpool, Merivale and Fratelli Fresh.
His menu is seasonal and changes weekly. Assisted in the kitchen and on-the-floor by the lovely and very French Amel – she makes dam fine petit fours - this Victorian terrace house has an easy Australian vibe with a European touch. Making their own sourdough and pasta on a daily basis, everything is fresh and ready to be enjoyed for lunch or dinner.
Rudi Rocket have been in business on Regent Street for over a decade. Simone & Brad met socially and found they had a lot in common when it came to their mutual taste in interior design and objet.
The store is full to the brim with Scandinavian, post-modern and original art, furniture, object and lighting from the 1930’s -to the 90’s. Bold primary colours jostle with wood-paneled surfaces and smoky glassware. Rudi Rocket buy interstate from Adelaide and Brisbane as well as Sydney sources and often have random walk-ins of random wanting to sell them pieces.
Mama’s Buoi is a homage to the mother of the restaurant owner Bau Hoang, whose parents began working in the rag trade to feed their family. The Mama’s Buoi menu is inspired by both his Mum and Aunt’s home-cooked goodness. Their best childhood memories are of family meals and the banter that echoed around the dining room. Everyone was happiest when enjoying great food in good company.
Muum Maam (moom mum) named after the Thai slang for ‘little glutton’.
Muum Maam Surry Hills was established in 2010 as one of Holt Street’s most vibrant eating destinations.
By day, the street style Tuk Shop serves quick and delicious meals from the cart. A casual eatery some may say, absolutely full to the brim every lunch time. By night, Muum Maam serves classic Thai cuisine in a relaxed, cool environment.
Alchemy located on the corner of Crown and Devonshire Streets, is set in a cosy and elegant yet unpretentious dining room known for its menu of delicate meals made in the traditional Polish way. The restaurant is famous for its freshly-made traditional Polish dumplings (pierogi), goose, duck, polish borsch (barszcz czerwony) and stuffed meat.
On our second-to-last night in Rome we went on a food tour with Claudia from Raphael Tours & Event - who was a very charming and knowledgeable guide.
After a brief introduction to the dark history of Camp di Flori our meeting place, we started out with a salami tasting and wine in the back room of the oldest Salami shop in Rome Norcineria Viola dal 1890 who export cured meats around the world.