Eating, drinking, eating—that’s what weekends are all about and you can be sure that this weekend isn’t going to be any different. Slurp up a bowl of ramen, get your hands on a hunk of meat or treat your bod to a healthy, hearty brunch at one of these five cafes and restaurants in Auckland. Eat up!
Brothers Juke Joint BBQ
Tucked down a residential street off Mt Eden Road, Brothers Juke Joint BBQ will let you get your barbecue and beer fix in one hit. The brewery/barbecue joint occupies a monstrous ex-leather factory where it pours beer made on site and trays of finger-lickin’ good meat. There’s burgers, sticky pork ribs, 14-hour beef brisket and a mean mac’n’cheese for carb fiends. Juke Joint also keeps things family-friendly with a sandpit and old school toys. That’s Saturday arvo sorted!
Chop Chop Noodle House
If long, leisurely dining just ain’t an option this weekend, a trip to Chop Chop is in order. Perch on one of the bars and slurp up a steaming bowl of ramen or take the naughty route with crispy fried chicken and lashings of crazy hot sauce. It’s perfect for those dining solo but also fits the bill as a casual first date spot. Go get ‘em, tiger.
Great food and even better cocktails are weekend essentials and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Freeman Bay’s Matterhorn. Not only does this loft-style eatery offer relaxed yet sophisticated vibes, it has a truly innovative food menu. Think dishes along the lines of pheasant terrine, milk veal, orange squash gnocchi and spiced rice pudding—impressive stuff. Bar snacks and bevvies more your thing? They’ve got you covered with charcuterie boards and New Zealand-famous cocktails. Dooo it.
With a focus on fair trade and organic, Café Mimosa is a Takapuna brunch spot worth checking out this weekend. Their cabinet is out of control, full of tasty delights to takeaway and treat yourself to later. We recommend you grab a table and get stuck into their epic all-day menu. Mimosa’s dark chocolate and cherry porridge will make you forget about winter and their vegan creamy mushies (they use homemade cashew cream) are a winner.
Black and Gold Eatery
Black and Gold Eatery is one of Rosedale’s best kept secrets and one that any foodie or coffee lover HAS to be in on. Head along this weekend for perfectly silky coffee, eggs from happy chickens on sourdough, a badass pulled pork and quinoa power salad as well as homemade baking in the cabinet. One thing’s for sure—you’ll be blown away by the friendly, welcoming feels.
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