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Holly Lindsey

Chats with: Jo Bros

We caught up with Brody Jenkins, one half of Jo Bro’s, to see what it’s like running one of Auckland’s most popular food trucks. Where did the Jo Bro’s idea come from and did you have any hospitality/chef experience? I went on a few trips to the states, once a year for 3 years in a row and made sure to eat my way around LA, Vegas and Arizona. The majority of my meals being burgers, from all sorts of chains, small restaurants and gourmet burger joints. I was trying to figure out what made a great burger. I returned from my last trip and was part of the opening team that brought Andys Burgers & Bar at SkyCity from concept to completion. I was quietly working on a secret sauce that combined all the

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Holly Lindsey

A Modern Family Eatery: The Grounds

As an aunty of five and a friend to many mums and dads, I’ve had my fair share of catch ups at family friendly restaurants, but what I have come to learn is that ‘family’ friendly is not so friendly to the whole family. I think what they really mean is kid friendly. Squished, loud cafes, with quick and easy food options so everyone can get in and out as fast as possible.  And then there is The Grounds. A modern family eatery, that is exactly that. A contemporary, spacious restaurant, with no compromise on fresh, attractively styled food and an impressive playground that has become an attraction in itself. And at the heart of its success are two loving West Auckland dads, Ben Bayly and Executive Chef Mike “the Russian” Shatura. Together they have

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Holly Lindsey

The Beer Spot: Taking the Fear Out of Beer

With the whole country looking inward and supporting ‘local’ now more than ever, we decided to pay a visit to a local tavern at Coast Plaza in Whangaparaoa who has had this approach in their heart from the start. They are the latest addition to The Beer Spot family, a group of taverns that are handing the mic over to the small independent breweries and wineries of New Zealand. With the big breweries commanding the taps of restaurants and bars nationwide, it’s hard for the smaller guys to get into the tap real estate, but The Beer Spot and its locals are here to look after them. Before both feet were through the door, I was welcomed into the home of the owners, three ex school principals, Craig, Ben and Tracey. I say ‘home’ because

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Holly Lindsey

Gerome: Contemporary Greek in Parnell

Gerome is a Greek inspired restaurant on Parnell Road. I first went there three years ago after seeing some impressive images in my social media feed. However, it was the entire experience I had that night that has kept me coming back. I say Gerome is ‘Greek inspired’ because it is not a traditional ethnic Greek restaurant. The team behind Gerome are very open about that. They have taken the fundamentals of Greek cooking and fashioned them with a contemporary edge. While the residents of Parnell are slowly easing into their day, the crew at Gerome are firing up the traditional charcoal barbecue in the kitchen, preparing the smoky flavours and receiving the fresh ingredients delivered daily. Greek cuisine celebrates local seasonal produce and that comes through in their menu. Everything is made from scratch,

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Jared Donkin

A New York Styled Rooftop Eatery: Neo

Surrounded by an abundance of fresh produce and some of the best wine in the world, Auckland is paving its way as one of the best foodie cities in the world. However, I often wonder why we haven’t creatively utilised our rooftop spaces as much as we could, given that we have many tall buildings with incredible harbour views. It’s strange considering our Aussie neighbours probably spend more time eating and drinking 50 floors up than they do at ground level. But when our friend Loic suggested we all visit one of his favourite local eateries, Neo, we were thrilled to be introduced to a rooftop bar that had not only created an impressive New York styled outdoor area with its weaving greenery and lamppost light features, but was also creating some of the most

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Holly Lindsey

What To Order At: Chinoiserie

I’ve dined in the prettiest courtyards in Paris, the hot spots of LA, the beachfront eateries in St Tropez and although memorable in their own way, I am yet to find something that can beat the local street food in Asia. It’s the full experience. Eating on a table so close to the road that you can feel the scooters brush past your shoulder while slurping a Laksa. The clash of neon stall lights and vendors yelling amongst themselves in the kitchen or to passers-by to come inside. The smells that are escalated in the heat of the night and flavours that cannot be replicated other than within the family of those who created them. While street food isn’t a concept that we have grasped back home, there are a number of street styled eateries

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Holly Lindsey

Goodness Gracious: The Bagel Sandwich

My very first bagel experience is one I remember as if it were yesterday. I was about 8 years old and had just arrived in San Francisco with my mum. Our family friend collected us from the airport and once we were all loaded into the car she flung a small bag of bagels over the front seat. I ripped right into the unfamiliar thick, dense, chewy circle of blueberry bread and have been eating them ever since, including many devoured on trips to New York City. So I know a good bagel. It’s not a bun with a whole in the middle. You shouldn’t be able to squish it between your fingers and have it bounce right back. Yet despite confidently integrating them into our menus, I wonder if it’s a skill kiwis have

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Holly Lindsey

The Rolling Pin: Dumplings in Wynyard Quarter

I came across The Rolling Pin last summer when I was down at Silo Park cinema. While navigating my way through the food trucks, there was one that had a line 20 deep – I knew that if people were willing to line up and risk missing the start of the movie for 6 dumplings, then they must be worth waiting for. So I joined the queue. Paper plates full of colour and texture were flying out of their window and appearing on Instagram feeds within seconds. The Rolling Pin has since established itself permanently in Wynyard Quarter, with a little dive-in dive-out eatery that can steam over 2,000 dumplings a day for the office workers in the surrounding business district. Now while I always appreciate food in its most traditional form, I equally enjoy

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Holly Lindsey

Goodluck Coconut: An Asian Pacific inspired bar and eatery

Smack bang in the middle of the Wynyard Quarter strip is The Good Luck Coconut. An Asian Pacific inspired restaurant that lures guests in with its pacific ambiance, beachy sing-alongs, and a tiki styled bar, lined with tropical greenery and bright pink hibiscus. We came for the cocktails and were completely blown away by the food. Jared Donkin We came for the cocktails, but were completely blown away by the food. Once the dishes started rolling out we were quick to realise that the team behind The Good Luck Coconut knew exactly how to both nail the flavour combinations in their cocktails and then back it up with an equally impressive menu, bursting with bold and contrasting flavours. The menu is designed for sharing and with that challenge the team have crafted dishes that can

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