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.
Here’s a round-up of the foodie news you need to know this week.
Culpeper's New Winter Menu Is Unreal
The cooler months mean soul-warming food and The Culpeper is one step ahead with the release of their new winter menu which is filled with ultra-hearty comforting meals. From the selection of the large plates, there's smoked beef cheek with crushed celeriac, Italian cabbage and a barbeque glaze, the crispy pork cheek scrumpet with burnt end beans and smoked potato saffron rouille, and the whole yellow belly flounder with green grapes, almonds, lemon and brown butter. The small plates menu includes tasty newcomers like the Culpeper fried chicken with scotch bonnet mayonnaise, flash fried shrimp tacos with lettuce cups, rice noodles, chilli and lime as well as the lamb merguez corn dogs with hazelnut dukkah spice, date and whipped feta dressing. Delicious.
Auckland Has A New Bottomless Lunch
Get Wholesome With Naked Kitchen
We all know that feeling of work finishing late, only to get home to a less than impressive fridge and dinner options are suddenly between take-out or two-minute noodles. Forget that because Naked Kitchen has come to the rescue with wellness bowls. Packed with ingredients to fuel your body the right way, their latest creation—the Korean Wellness Bowl—has shiitake mushrooms, vegan kimchi, gochujang, spring onions, miso, tofu and sweet potato noodles. Each ingredient will nourish you from the inside out. It is available in supermarkets and online now along with the rest of the Naked Kitchen range.
Fashion Meets Food At This Epic Event
If you love food and you love fashion then you can't miss a night of theatrical dining at Asahi’s pop-up restaurant AKAI DOA. In a show-stopping fusion of modern Japanese cuisine and fashion as installation art, renowned Azabu Chef Yukio Ozeki will team up with Marc Moore from Stolen Girlfriends Club to create a special menu which is inspired by the stunning Stolen Girlfriends Club jewellery line. Hosted at AKAI DOA in the Las Vegas Club on K' Road, the event launches on Thursday 30th May and will run through until Saturday 1st June. Tickets are essential to secure your spot.
Get Amongst An Orleans And Oysters Feastival
It is a weekend of Southern style celebrations at Auckland’s much-loved rooftop bar La Zeppa. Fried chicken in waffle cones with maple syrup and aioli, freshly shucked oysters, bloody Mary’s and tabasco oyster shooters are just some of what will be served up at the Orleans and Oysters Feastival. There is an epic line-up of local, home-grown musicians to keep the tunes going all day, including the soulful and jazzy Pleasure Club. For the lads, Boar and Blade will be there with their barber’s chair to get you looking fresh. There are also tarot readings and an instabooth to enjoy. The event kicks off at 12pm on both Friday and Saturday and is free to head along to so get the crew and make sure to get amongst the ultimate feast.
There's A New Hazy Tropical Pale Ale To Try
Dunedin's Emerson Brewery has launched a new creation, the Orange Roughy. The craft brewery, founded by Richard Emerson in 1993, brings a taste of European-style beer to New Zealand, and its latest flavour is a hazy tropical pale ale with a fruity and citrus aroma. The perfect accompaniment to fresh fish and prawns, it is available in 330ml cans and six-pack bottles at supermarkets and liquor stores now.
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