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Bars & Cafes
An English-style tavern located in Ellerslie, the Cock & Bull serves beer brewed at a sister pub in Pakuranga, (the Steam Brewing Co, 272 Ti Rakau Drive). The beers range from light lagers to heavier ales. Decorated with English pub memorabilia, it is packed most evenings, with live music on weekends, quiz night on Tuesdays and convivial camaraderie all the time. Monks Habit, a malty, smooth brew, consistently rates as one of New Zealand's top beers. A new chef is bringing a continental flavor to the food. The tavern opens daily by 11 a.m.
Located on a busy corner just down from Sky City, The Fix is a small, friendly café, catering to students, business people and visitors. With a large mirror on the back wall framed in ornate gilt and posters from popular operas, The Fix exudes an old-world charm. Seating in comfortable wicker chairs is available on the footpath, or try the classic coffee shop booth seating inside. The Fix serves simple but well-presented fare-coffee, sandwiches, scones, pastries and other snacks.
Located on busy Remuera Road near the Upland Road intersection, Café Jazz has brought a touch of class to an otherwise prosaic environment. It also serves the best cup of coffee between St. Heliers and Newmarket. With elegant windows, polished wood floors and polite staff, Café Jazz offers a welcome respite during the busy day. The atmosphere is relaxed and conducive to staying a while. Open all day long, the coffee remains the same but the food changes as the day progresses. Lunches are very good value.
Named for its proximity to the Auckland Trotting Club Raceway at Alexandra Park, Gee Gee's Bar and Brasserie is well known to locals and frequent race-goers for its good food, atmosphere and attentive service. Trotting regalia adorns the front bar area. The restaurant, at the rear, offers a children's menu and even high chairs. The owner, Ivan Rudez, is of Croatian origin, and the meals are often Mediterranean in flavour and presentation, and always generous in proportion. Hearty steaks feature on the menu alongside pizzas and seafood dishes. The wine list has plenty of variety.
Tuscany is a well-kept local secret; everything is well prepared and delicious and the menu although simple, is varied. For breakfast try Tuscany pancakes with fresh fruit and bacon, or Scottish kippers on toast. All day brunch is available at weekends. Lunch offers a variety of tasty pies, quiches, frittata, samosas, salads and large filled sandwiches and sweet treats such as lemon slice. The coffee is Illy, with nice frothy cappuccinos, and teas including herbals.
A vineyard restaurant with incredible views, Te Whau is the crème de la crème of Waiheke Island's vineyard eateries. Located on the southeastern side of the island, Te Whau restaurant features sharp, contemporary décor with lots of glass. The architectural features highlight the views over meandering peninsulas edged by bays – a beautiful setting in almost any weather. The restaurant consistently receives favorable reviews and past critics include Wine International Magazine and the New York Times. The menu is small but focuses on quality, fresh produce to match the world-class wine list. For wine connoisseurs the lists includes fine choices such as a 1986 Ch. Mouton Rothschild (NZ$2,200), though there are many cheaper offerings. -Sarah Evans
Once the Mt Eden Post Office, this rustic spot just outside of Auckland has taken on new life as a Belgian Beer Cafe. The De Post offers a wide list of Belgian beers with traditional cuisine including their beloved steaming pot of mussels. Stella, Bellevue, Leffe and Hoegaarden are always on tap here which adds a perfect touch to the pleasant atmosphere.
Set in one of the oldest buildings in St Heliers, Cafe Freddino specializes in traditional Devonshire teas served in a comfortable garden setting. Frequented by a loyal following of long-time customers, Cafe Freddino harks back to the days of leisurely mid-afternoon tea breaks. A cool garden setting offers a quiet alternative to the non-stop bustle of the St Heliers waterfront. Friendly service and traditional settings are a trademark. Breakfast, light lunches, cakes, muffins, sandwiches and quiches are also served through the day with coffees, teas and cold drinks.
Known for their desserts, cakes and fresh brew, Frasers Cafe & Espresso Bar is a coffee lover's favorite place. Hugely popular amongst locals as well as tourists, this delightful street cafe is located in the heart of Mt. Eden's shopping district. They are also well known for their breakfast menu, and special kids menu. They draw in a crowd of all ages making it perfect for the entire family. An outdoor seating for 50 is also available. Call ahead for details.
The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed and friendly, and the service is good. You can sit inside, or street side, to watch the local action--if you can find a spare seat. Sierra serves wonderful cooked breakfasts, and well-presented counter food, along with excellent coffee. Choices from the lunch menu include scallop risotto, Caesar salad or chicken burgers and meals.
"Mouth-wateringly delicious and substantially satisfying" describes the creations of the City Cake Company--the perfect place to find a fabulous cake or dessert for a special occasion. Chocolate Parisienne Cake serving six to eight, Gin and Lemon Cake serving six to eight, Dacquoise, the "towering dessert", serving 12-15, Orange and Cardamom Tart serving 12-15 are just some of the offerings. Choose a slice to "eat in", accompanied by coffee, tea, sandwiches and rolls. High tea includes two club sandwiches, a slice of cake and tea or espresso.
A fine location combined with friendly staff, excellent coffee and a relaxed atmosphere make the veranda at Kahve a choice spot on sunny weekends. The views from your table across St Heliers Beach to Rangitoto Island, with sailboats on the horizon, are most pleasant. Located in a renovated 1920s shop, Kahve has comfortable tables and chairs. They serve very good coffee, breakfasts, brunch and Mediterranean-style lunch and dinners. Kahve is fully licensed and also has off-street parking.