5 Cafes And Restaurants To Visit This Weekend

By Natasha Van Der Laan
18th Mar 2016

Little Bird Unbakery, Woodpecker Hill, Xuxu, At Bangkok, Chinoiserie, Auckland

It’s that time again—the weekend is hereee! Time to get eating, amiright? To ensure you only eat the best of the best, we’ve rounded up 5 fantabulous cafes and restaurants to visit this weekend. Prepare yourself for the best-ever beef brisket, dumplings with class and pad Thai to remember. Happy eating, everyone!

Little Bird Unbakery


Start your weekend off on the right food at Little Bird Unbakery in Ponsonby. The café is on that healthy eating buzz with their dishes being raw, organic and full of goodness—not to mention delicious! For brekkie we can’t go past their buckwheat waffles served with berries, maple syrup and coconut matcha whipped cream. The clever birdies here also do a wicked smoothie. We love their cacao number that blends together banana, date, cacao, almond milk and vanilla. Don’t leave without grabbing a treat (or two) from the cabinet. Just thinking about their oh-so gingery ginger slice makes us weak at the knees.

Woodpecker Hill


If you’re all about them dumplings but also love a hearty serve of beef brisket, head to Woodpecker Hill. At this charming Parnell restaurant flavours of the East (chilli, coriander, ginger, coconut etc) embrace culinary techniques of the West—think fresh cuts of meat charred, smoked and flame-grilled on the chef’s barbie. Their signature melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket is not to be missed. The 400g cut of meat is smoked for fourteen hours (!) and served with lemongrass, mint, coriander and galangal. Say yes to dessert because their coconut dumplings are all sorts of amazing.


Auckland CBD

Speaking of dumplings, check out Xuxu. With mood lighting, cosy booths and an extensive cocktail menu, the inner-CBD dumpling bar is the perfect spot to take your Tinderella or Tinderfella (we’re speaking from experience). Show off your bad ass chopstick skills as you work your way through serves of prawn and ginger dumplings and market fish dumplings (our two faves). The dumpling theme continues through to the dessert menu. Here you’ll find coconut custard and banoffee-flavoured dumplings—yom! 



There’s no need to book tickets to Bangkok to experience authentic Thai cuisine. You can get your panang fix at Kingsland’s @Bangkok. The neighbourhood eatery has all your faves: tom yum, massamun curry and chicken cashew stir fry. A special shout-out must be made for their pad Thai—it’s one of the best in Auckland. @Bangkok is easy on the wallet with dishes costing around the $14 mark—winning. Oh, and they also do BYO—double winning! Recruit your squad, grab a bottle of vino from Glengarry and let the good times roll.


Mt Albert 

Gao bao (steamed buns, if you didn’t know) is totally trending in Auckland and that makes us very VERY happy. Chinoiserie serve up some of the best in town. You’ll find five offerings at the Mt Albert eatery: karaage chicken, tofu, coconut-crusted squid, pork belly and beef randang. The pork is a crowd favourite but don’t miss out on the karaage chicken. Expect to be served succulent cuts of fried chicken thigh encased in a pillowy bun with sesame mayo, cabbage and lashings of pickled ginger—hells yeah!

Planning to be out and about this weekend? Here are 12 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend.

Image credit: Chinoiserie via Facebook

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