It's time to bring you the latest and greatest foodie news in town with all the newest food and openings for you to get your jaws around this week. Get ready for ice-cream goodness, red wine dreams and plant-based happiness.
Get ready for some serious salivation friends.
Awesome Plant-Based Burgers Are Here To Stay
The one-stop shop for a face full of indulgent plant-based burger goodness now has a permanent home. What started as a roaming food truck, Wise Boys has put down roots in Grey Lynn with their very own burger store. With a to-die-for menu of burgers to choose from, plant-based eating has never been tastier. Our pick is The Dirty Boy—the classic kidney and black bean patty, deep fried onion rings, smoky bacon cheese, bbq sauce and topped with garlic aioli.
Peanut Butter Meets Gelato
Ice-cream and peanut butter—two of life's finer things. When they come together? Pure magic. Little Lato and Nut Brothers have collaborated to create the ultimate peanut butter gelato smash-up. Featuring the new salted caramel peanut butter, you could try the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Pretzel or the Dairy-free Salted Caramel Peanut Butter, but after all, why not both? Head down to the Wynyard Quarter or Morningside Little Lato stores over the next three weeks to get a taste.
Tasty Soup For A Good Cause
There's nothing more comforting or wholesome on a cold day than a good soup. The Waste-Not Kitchen have collaborated with Farro and launched a range of nourishing and delicious soups that focus on reducing food waste and nourishing those in need. For every soup bought, the registered charity will donate one to a Kiwi in need. Read more about this amazing initiative here.
Proper Crisps Go Sustainable
Eco warriors, if you are looking for simple ways to improve your foodie footprint then you’ll be pleased to hear that Proper Crisps has released two new flavours served in compostable packaging. The bag breaks down into natural, non-toxic particles over 6-12 months depending on the season and conditions. We can report that eating organic potato crisps from a biodegradable bag feels just as good as it tastes and the Purple & Gold potatoes with cracked pepper is also a delicious spin on a healthier alternative.
Underground Coffee's Matariki Inspired Coffee Blend
In celebration of the Maori new year, Underground Coffee Roasters are realising a limited seasonal blend of their expertly created coffee. As a nod to Matariki festivities the blend celebrates how coffee brings people together. With strong blueberry and cherry notes and a crisp red apple acidity, the brew is perfect for soft brewing. Look out for the beautiful Matariki inspired packaging in stores or purchase it here.
Jervois Steak House's New Winter Menu
Good steak needs to be treated right, and the team at Jervois Steak House know exactly how to do that. Their new winter menu features premium cuts and moreish sides, giving you the ultimate, warming meal for a cold night. The seasonal signature cut is Ocean Beef, sourced from the Rakaia Gorge, 18 months pasture fed then grain finished. If you are having trouble deciding, opt for the Chefs board selection and try three of the chef’s favourite cuts to get the best of everything.
Lunch Like A Local At Andiamo
The popular neighbourhood eatery Andiamo wants everyone to feel like a local, whether you come from near or far. The new Locals Lunch set menu offers a delicious two courses and a glass of wine for just $35. The menu features bruschetta with whipped ricotta for an entrée, seared market catch with fregola sarda, baby rocket and pine nuts for main, paired with Soho Pink Sheep rose or pinot noir. The menu is available Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm-3pm and booking ahead is always a good idea.
Mexico Comes To Silverdale
Mexican food is the best—packed full of punchy flavours, fresh ingredients and of course the margaritas. The trusty and always delicious Mexico are spreading their tasty goodness North with a brand-new restaurant opening in Silverdale. From early July locals can indulge in all the fried chicken and tacos they desire.
Longroom's Wild Mid-winter Pop-up
Escape into a garden full of lush greenery and wild birdcages at Longroom’s popup with Stoneleigh Wild Valley. Capturing the wild essence of nature, it's the perfect mid-winter escape. From 12pm to 9.30pm enjoy a specially created Stoneleigh wine pairing menu for $25. The menu features five delicious dishes each to match a Wild Valley wine, including the Salmon Poke, eggplant parmigiana and beef short rib. Bring it on.
The Exclusive Clooney Collaboration
With two chefs and twenty guests, the latest Clooney collaboration is as exclusive as it is exciting. Head chef Nobu Lee is partnering up with Nelly Robinson from Sydney’s nel. for a unique celebration of food. Both well known for their imaginative menu creations, guests will be pleasantly surprised as the seven-course tasting menu is presented to them. Get planning and click here for tickets, they won't last long.
The Perfect Winter Red
Red wine on a cold evening? It's a big yes from us. The General hails from South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley and has decadent plum and cherry flavours, with a chocolate and raisin edge. This drop is perfect at the table with beef or lamb or curled up on the couch after dinner.
Fried Chicken Friday
Head down to Ponsonby hot spot Boy and Bird this Friday for some serious fried chicken feasting. Kicking off at 12pm, you can get amongst $20 fried chicken platters, $25-litre jugs of Monteiths beer and $5 wine and cocktail specials. There will be a live DJ supplying the tunes and bringing the true Friday feeling to the occasion, so get down there and bring in the weekend the best way possible.
Want More? Here are Auckland's best winter desserts.
Image Credit: Mexico NZ