As we went to print, Carlos Noel Buenaventura, Craig Thompson and Matthew Venables were hard at work on Bar Magda, a downstairs bar and bistro focused on Aotearoa’s seasonal produce through a Filipino lens. Details are scant, but look it up on Instagram – it promises to be a winner.
Changes are afoot at Negociants New Zealand, where Clive Weston is set to retire after more than 30 impressive years with the company.
Hugo Baird (Lilian, Honey Bones) has transformed Ponsonby’s beloved Post Office building to become Hotel Ponsonby, with way-above-average gastropub grub, an impressive bar, a cosy fireplace and a sunny courtyard.
Michael Meredith has now opened Mr Morris in Britomart at the old Café Hanoi site.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour reopens after a spiffy makeover with a slew of new eateries – Marc de Passorio (ex-Harbour Society) is at the helm of new restaurant La Maree, try out the new café French Press, a bunker bar called Lost Property and of course a classic Champagne bar, Sabrage.
Robinson’s Deli and Food Store is an all-vegan delicatessen in Grey Lynn – lots of bulk foods and vegan deli ‘meats’, a choice of plant-based cheeses, smoothies and gourmet goods both local and imported.
For a fix of Rome you need to try Romulus & Remus, now settling in on Richmond Road for aperitivi, espresso, brunch and dinner.
Light but fudgy cheesecakes tempt at Newmarket’s Camper Coffee (an old favourite reinvented in its new Osborne Lane location) where local celeb barista Woohung Lee is back with his best brews and ready smile.
The second outpost of Lowbrow is now in full swing in the heart of St Kevin’s Arcade, dishing up our favourite wings and the tastiest hot sandwiches in town.
Making the most of the heritage building, Platform 8 is newly opened in the grandiose lobby of Auckland’s old railway station