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!
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.)
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.
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.
Beach. Friends. Sun. Food. Mount. What is there not to love about a summer road trip to start off the new year. Amazing fish n chips by the way. Also, I cannot get enough of how beautiful New Zealand sky is, day-in day-out.