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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

DANNY DOOLANS
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

We had passed by this place during a daytime stroll through the harbour area, checked out the menu and decided to give it a try for dinner.

There was a large local crowd inside the place and after our waiter took our drink orders my wife commented that his accent sounded American.  Sure enough it was!  It was a nice lad named Garrett Black, a Tucson, Arizona native.

Garrett explained that he chose to work in New Zealand because they were more liberal in allowing foreigners to work there than many other countries.  Garrett was really fast brining the pints!

While I had sampled some Sydney Rock Oysters while in Australia on this trip I had yet to try any New Zealand oysters.  I asked Garrett if they were fresh and he guaranteed me that they were brought in fresh each day.  So I tried six of them raw and they were great.  Instead of the traditional cocktail sauce we top them with in the U.S., they just served a little vinegar sauce on the side.  Not bad although I prefer American cocktail sauce.


There's my tarahiki & chips.

For our main meal I ordered fish and chips featuring a New Zealand favorite fish called tarahiki.  It's cheaper than snapper but many Kiwis prefer it.  I asked Garrett if it was a good fish and he assured me that it was quite tasty.  And some friendly Kiwi diners at the table next to ours chimed in saying tarahiki was even better than snapper.  My wife ordered the special of the evening which was a lamb roast.  In fact she got the last one.  They sold out of the lamb.

My fish and chips were delicious and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her lamb and mashed potatoes and peas.


My wife's lamb special.

This was a very pleasant experience in a nice, warm and cozy atmosphere.  For a minute I had flashbacks of our time spent in genuine Irish pubs in Dublin!

Give this place a shot while visiting Auckland.  I think you'll like it!  We did!

They have a charming web site here.

ADDITIONAL NEW ZEALAND RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Harbourside - Auckland, New Zealand
Nourish Cafe - Ostend, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Portofino - Auckland, New Zealand
Wildfire - Auckland, New Zealand