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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Archie’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Can’t say it doesn’t make you feel down when you return to full-time working life, it makes you begin to treasure and look forward to every weekend. Anyhow I will be posting posts from the few food places I visited over my holiday over the next few days/weeks. I’ve also decided to add something new to my posts, a value rating. After-all no matter how beautifully amazing the food turns out to be, if it is going to cost you an arm and leg I suggest such indulgences may be left to better days. So on with the review…

Archie’s was bustling and busy when we arrived for lunch on a normal weekday. Lovely casual place with a large range of fixed price pizza and pasta to choose from. In my opinion the pizza was one of the best I’ve ever had, the pasta not quite so much. Perhaps we were too infatuated with the tastiness of our wood-fired flat round bread that the other started getting cold and hence lost its appeal.

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Cute boy rolling his own dough for bread!

Cute boy rolling his own dough for bread!

We decided to stop by the ever so famous Little and Friday also for a quick dessert to finish off. The Newmarket store is indeed a lot smaller than the North Shore one as it’s joined with the textiles shop, nevertheless still full of people. I think they had me already with strawberries and blueberries brimming from the fruit tart, but the well-made custard and the cute antique plate sealed the deal.

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