Sunday, August 31, 2014

Auckland Diner's Diary: August 2014

The Auckland restaurant scene is full of comings and goings. Here are what I have noticed this month.

New Ventures by the Experienced

City (Fringe) Cafes

Ethnic Flavours
  • Olas Latin Food - Argentinian empanadas, Colombian/Venezuelan arepas, and Mexican enchiladas, as well as desserts like alfajores and dulce de leche cheesecake, sharing a building with a dance school in Newton. Formerly known as Ola's Argentinian Food when they were simply selling empanadas at the markets.
  • Turko Cafe - Turkish cafe in Freemans Bay, formerly the Mavi Cafe
  • Santiago's - Chilean cafe, restaurant and bar on K'Rd. Churrascos (burgers), completos (hot dogs), empanadas ("Chilean pies") and other Chilean food like salchipapas, chorillanas, sopaipillas and empolvados.
  • The Spoon - Korean fusion cuisine on Symonds St, near the top of Wellesley St. Looked like mainly set combos with food from the warming drawers?
  • Grill and Shakes - grilled meats, some with Middle Eastern influences, and 69 flavours of milkshake
  • Enjoy in BBQ & Hotpot (回回来) - Chinese eatery on Dominion Road, where Cheuk Cafe used to be

Sugar Rush
  • Meet Fresh (鲜芋仙) - Taiwanese teas and desserts from a multinational franchise, on Lorne St
  • Waffle Suprême - Liège and Brussels style waffles from a streetside container by the Atrium on Elliott carpark
  • OKO Dessert Kitchen - high-end desserts and drinks from Mövenpick, on the Aotea Square side of the IMAX complex. I saw a chef doing something with balloons.

[Added 13/9/2014:
Burger Mania

New Branches

Coming Soon

Apart from some places mentioned in my previous post, there are some eateries being shaped up around the place. I also noticed that the renovated part of the IMAX complex has some shops leased now, so looking forward to more exciting things to come there.



  1. Oh I'm sad to hear that Carinthia is closing. I really like that place. Thanks for this post - now I've added 2 places to my wishlist, Grill and Shakes and Scarlett, Slimms and Lucky!

    1. I was sad to hear Carinthia is closing too. And I've been meaning to check out those two places too. Great minds think alike!

    2. Forgot to say, Carinthia is apparently open again. Not sure what that was about.

  2. What a neat list! I'm really keen to pop into Scratch Bakers!

    1. The Britomart pop up store will be a bit easier to reach than the City Works Depot, and I imagine they will have the same things for sale, though I haven't checked it out yet.

    2. Haha I got confused and went to the one at City Works Depot (it's closer to work). Their selection is simply amazing! Loved it!

  3. Great list! I never knew about 'Waffle Supreme', I can't wait to try it out! Have you tried them out yet? Would love you hear what you think :)


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