Depot is the Metro Restaurant of the Year 2012

    Congratulations to Al Brown and his supreme award-winning eatery Depot, and all the other winners from the awards ceremony last night at St Matthew’s in the City. Here’s a press release from Pead PR with the full list of winners: WELLINGTON CHEF SCOOPS AUCKLAND AWARDS Al Brown’s Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar supreme winner of Metro / Audi Restaurant of the Year Restaurateur … Continue reading Depot is the Metro Restaurant of the Year 2012

Tortas de Aceite

  These little Sevillian beauties by Ines Rosales (orange or plain) have been a secret obsession of mine since I first tasted them a few years back. Their translation, ‘oil cakes’, doesn’t sounds particularly enticing, but that’s just reference to the olive oil used to make them. I love their Moorish quality (almond, anise) and that they bridge the sweet-savoury divide – I mean, they’re … Continue reading Tortas de Aceite

Olaf’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe

The lovely Mt Eden Village at the foot of Mt Eden – Maungawhau – certainly has its fair share of cafes lining the strip of heritage buildings. So far, so good. Except that for a long time, there really hasn’t been a cafe there that I’d fancy making a regular stop at , whether for just coffee and something sweet, breakfast or lunch. Sorry, they’ve … Continue reading Olaf’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe

Smoking in Sachie’s Kitchen

  Last week I went along to a special night at Sachie’s Kitchen in Parnell, hosted by Regal Salmon. First, let me tell you Sachie’s Kitchen is an excellent little set-up and I’d  recommend checking out the website if you’re in the market for some cooking classes. Anyway, we made a couple of different dishes using fresh salmon, including sushi with meltingly soft raw salmon. … Continue reading Smoking in Sachie’s Kitchen

Little & Friday

  Photo homage to the delights of Little & Friday, housed inside Martha’s Furnishing Fabrics in Newmarket. The baking gets brought over from their flagship shop in Belmont throughout the day, which kind of warrants visiting morning, noon and afternoon to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, right? I love the old milk bottles, complete with their holder, filled with iced water and … Continue reading Little & Friday

Goodness Crayfish

  Our lovely friends celebrated the start of crayfish season by hauling crays out of their holding pot in Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island, and inviting a bunch of friends for dinner. Everyone brought a salad of some sort, so as well as the generous helping of delectable crayfish there was an impressive spread of salads, and Bruno’s insanely good octopus stew (the octopus also … Continue reading Goodness Crayfish

Good Morning, Mister

Damaris and Renee Coulter, the talented pair behind K’ Rd’s Coco’s Cantina, recently opened their daytime offering right next door to the bistro. Damaris told me they hadn’t initially wanted to open a cafe, but when the shop beside Coco’s came up for lease, the idea of another liquor store moving into K’Rd was too much to stomach. Open just over a week, Mister Morning looks set … Continue reading Good Morning, Mister