I’m moving!

Thanks for the support on fivepointdusk and putting up with my continuous joyous exclaims about New Zealand weather (weather talks come with age apparently, and possibly awkward silences. haha). Anyway, I’m joining blogs with my sister and we’ve started http://www.twohonesttruths.wordpress.com together. We’ll be doing restaurant reviews, some recipes and hopefully make some more trips and take some better photos. It would mean a lot if you could follow us over there now!

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Takapuna Beach Cafe

To start off the long weekend, my sister and I headed over the shore to Takapuna to try the cafe by the beach (literally). I think sometimes we take New Zealand weather for granted, it’s so amazing everyday – most likely the best summer I’ve had so far.

The cafe was crazily busy given the weather, the long weekend and the Kiwi way of life. We were given a buzzing lobster on arrival that would alert us when a table was ready – very convenient!  As many have said before, the service at this cafe is indeed impeccable. No matter how busy, there is someone that remembers where you are, what you wanted, and whether you’re doing okay with everything. I ordered the fish burger whilst my sister had the rosti. The fish was incredibly fresh – I guess I don’t have to make a trip down to the Mount for some good fried fish. It has excellent ambience and the best view you could ever ask for!

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Our table wait :D

Our table wait 😀

Hope they don't mind it goes for a swim!

Hope they don’t mind it goes for a swim!

House Lemon, Ginger & Honey Brew

House Lemon, Ginger & Honey Brew

Berry smoothie

Berry smoothie $8

View from where we were sitting

View from where we were sitting

Beer battered fish, hand cut agria chips & tartare sauce

Beer battered fish, hand cut agria chips & tartare sauce $25.50

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Crisp agria rosti, baby spinach, feta, free range poached egg with samon

Crisp agria rosti, baby spinach, feta, free range poached egg with samon

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We stopped by Little and Friday – Takapuna to finish off the day. The hazelnut cake I believe was made with Ferrero Rocher in mind haha. Yum.

Hazelnut cake from Little and Friday-Takapuna

Hazelnut cake

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Soul Bar & Bistro

For our friend jumping back over the ditch’s farewell dinner we decided to go to Soul Bar & Bistro down at the Viaduct. Excellent atmosphere, packed even on a weekday, and of course brilliant location, dining outside facing the wharf on a beautiful summer’s night where the sky is still lit up at 9pm.

My snapper dish was really well made, refreshing and most apt for enjoying next to the sea. Hot chips on the side were also delicious. More often than not it is the dessert menu which lures me in to try a restaurant and I hate to say but as much as I was looking forward to dessert, it was disappointing. A lemon and blueberry creme brulee sounded so good but in my honest opinion I would prefer a traditional vanilla one if it meant that it would be made smooth and creamy – as how it should. The biscuit it was sitting on just didn’t fit with the dish. Despite this, the sorbet was AMAZING. I would go back just for that scoop of melting goodness. (I think everything on that dessert plate aside from the centrepiece was delicious, but that defeats the purpose doesn’t it. I didn’t manage to get a photo of it sorry, was much too eager haha.)

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Waikanae crab ravioli, lemon butter sauce + toasted leeks

Waikanae crab ravioli, lemon butter
sauce + toasted leeks

Pan fried snapper with green papaya, coriander and mint salad with mango dressing + toasted peanuts

Pan fried snapper with green papaya,
coriander and mint salad with mango
dressing + toasted peanuts

Roast Merino lamb rump with braised Moroccan lamb pie, smoked garlic labne + aubergine caviar

Roast Merino lamb rump with braised
Moroccan lamb pie, smoked garlic labne
+ aubergine caviar

Raspberry and white chocolate pavlovaraspberry sorbet + orange crumble

Raspberry and white chocolate pavlova
raspberry sorbet + orange crumble

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