Auckland’s food scene is fast-paced and always changing, so to keep you in the know, we’ve had our eyes peeled for the newest openings and products around the city. This week there is some serious winter warmers to get amongst including delicious tea blends and piping hot cheesy toasties.
Here’s a round-up of the foodie news you need to know this week.
Dip In For Lunch At Cafe Hanoi
Fast, fresh and flavoursome is everything you can ask for in a weekday lunch menu and Cafe Hanoi's newest canteen menu has it nailed. With a selection of popular Vietnamese street-food style dishes, the new creations are full of punchy flavours and fresh ingredients. The traditional crispy coconut pancake with sauteed pork belly and shrimp, cos lettuce, fragrant herbs and nuoc cham is a must try, as well as the delicious bun rice noodle bowl with pickled vegetables, sliced cucumber, roasted peanuts, mung bean sprouts, fresh herbs and caramelised sesame tofu.
The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover
A treasured staple in every Kiwi household, the humble toasted sandwich is getting an upgrade this winter. The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover features nearly 50 eateries putting their unique and delicious spin on the toastie. The best part is that the toasties will be judged, and one creation will officially be crowned the Best New Zealand Toastie. Head to Fort-Greene for their grass-fed, house-smoked pastrami, melted cheese and pickle toastie or try Fantail & Turtle’s creation, two thick slices of brioche bread, garlic butter, free range streaky bacon, sweet and spicy pickles and back truffle brie. To check the full list click here, and hop to it, you’ve got a lot to try.
Ti Ora's Manuka Leaf Tea Blends
Nothing screams winter like endless cups of piping hot tea and Ti Ora have us covered with their delicious new blend–forest fruits with New Zealand Manuka Leaf. Combining blackcurrants, raspberries and blueberries, and balanced out with the delicious flavour of Manuka Leaf, the blends are perfectly sweet, refreshing and delicate. Made right here in New Zealand and from natural ingredients, it is the perfect way to warm up and nourish yourself.
Vegan Pies You Need To Try
Maybe it's in our Kiwi blood but a good old pie is truly hard to beat. There's nothing quite the same as the flakey, buttery pastry that encapsulates the piping hot and absolutely delicious filling. While traditionally centred around combinations of mince or steak with cheese, it's usually a meal that the plant-based among us have to give up. Bean Supreme is changing the game with their revolutionary vegan pies range that taste as good as ever. Redefining the Kiwi classic, they have created two flavours–the Laksa pie and the Mexican Pie, completely vegan and palm oil free. All we can say is thank you.
International Pineapple Day Is A Thing
Dole NZ is celebrating International Pineapple day by spreading sunshine, more necessary than ever it being winter. Teaming up with Bluebells Cakery, they want to brighten up your day with their delicious limited-edition creation. A light and fluffy vanilla cupcake with a compote centre made of Dole pineapple, hints of fresh ginger and cinnamon. They are available as a single, six-pack or 12 pack and can even be delivered–too easy.
The Fruit and Herbal Teas To Warm You Up
If you're looking to mix up your usual English breakfast, the Bell Tea co have you covered with their wide range of fruit and herbal teas, the choices are endless. The flavours include lime and raspberry, berry burst and ginger and lemon, all blended right here in New Zealand. Not to mention, the company was founded in 1898 so it is no wonder the tea is so good, they've had enough time to master it.
The New Central Vietnamese Spot
Tucked away on Chancery Street is the newest lunchtime spot to try if you're craving some tasty and fresh Vietnamese food. Lunas Express offers up punchy flavours and authentic dishes, courtesy of owner Malisa and the recipes she follows from her mother, Luna. Featuring the traditional dishes Vietnamese Pho and Bahn Mi, the ‘build your own’ style menu lets you customise your meal how you most prefer it. There is even a vegan broth which although not as traditional, means everyone can get a taste of the Luna goodness.
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Image Credit: Cafe Hanoi