Auckland food pop-ups, collabs and festivals to mark in your calendarby Kate Richards
Hot happenings in Auckland food.
If their last appearance at Lovebucket was anything to go by, this French-style pop-up will be a sellout. La Peche is a collaboration between partners Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman who turn unassuming spaces into temporary bistros. The formula started in the couple’s Paris apartment as a supper club before expanding into various natural wine bars in the French capital, and now, Auckland. The focus is no-fuss food and casual service – like being at a friend’s house, with an air of effortless elegance. Bookings recommended, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
20-22 and 27-29 Sept, 6pm ‘til late. Dear Jervois, 234 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
Orphans Kitchen X Michael Meredith
Breakfast and a good deed in one hit – Michael Meredith and Tom Hishon cook for a cause this month, presenting a two-course Samoan-inspired breakfast with 10% of the ticket sales going to the Fred Hollows Foundation, supporting visually impaired people in the Pacific. Tickets are $45pp and include coffee. Email email@example.com to secure yours.
27 Sept, from 7am. Orphans Kitchen, 118 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Metro presents: Sid at The French Café
Metro invites you to an intimate dinner with The French Café’s new owners, the Sahrawats, in the restaurant's private dining room. An open-plan cooking station, shared tables and a relaxed pace mean you’ll be able to chat with award-winning chef Sid Sahrawat as he showcases his skills in modern European cuisine. Tickets include canapes, a four-course dinner and wine pairing. Book online here.
4 Oct, tickets $200pp. Sid at The French Cafe, 210 Symonds St, Eden Terrace
Taste of Auckland
Auckland’s annual food festival has a new home downtown this year, with some of the event happening indoors. Hosted between The Cloud, Shed 10, and outdoor waterfront areas there’ll be less chance of your hair getting ruined by that pesky early November rain. Participating restaurants include Gerome, Baduzzi, Paris Butter and Farina; there will be intimate chef demonstrations by the likes of Dariush Lolaiy of Cazador, and new Clooney chef Nobu Lee; plus some cracking New Zealand musicians – Hollie Smith, Tami Neilson and Hopetoun Brown are all on the bill. Get your tickets before they’re gone.
1-4 Nov, tickets from $25pp. Auckland Waterfront
Acme @ Culprit
Pasta takes centre stage Sydney restaurant Acme’s upcoming pop-up at Culprit, but not as you know it. Executive chef and co-owner of Acme, Mitch Orr, will take you on a round the world trip, combining pasta with international flavours – leaning particularly hard on wider Asian techniques and flavour profiles. The nine-course menu will showcase dishes like pig head macaroni cheese, and stracciatella with beetroot. All complimented by unusual wines supplied by Wine Diamonds.
2 Oct, $125pp. Culprit, Level 1, Wyndham St, central city
Vegans of South East Asia
The Tasting Shed’s newly appointed executive chef Alok Vasanth (formerly of Cassia) prepares a six-course dinner, showcasing the abundance of vegan cuisine in South East Asia for the restaurant’s next special event. Dishes will draw inspiration from the 11 countries which make up the sub-continent, with service courtesy of the ever affable Ganesh Raj. Book tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 & 4 Oct from 6.30pm, $70pp. The Tasting Shed, 609 State Highway 1, Kumeu
Williams by Night
Williams Eatery, the latest from sophisticated brother-duo Charles and Patrick Williams (ex-Ceremony) is now open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. Drinks specials to complement their bistro menu include $8 Sawmill tap beers, $12 espresso martinis and $10 wines between 5-7pm. This, plus the allure of their Scandi-inspired dining room is sure to impress your next Bumble date.
Williams Eatery, G03/85 Daldy St, Wynyard Quarter
Sawmill Brewery X Monmouth Glass
Chef Will Michell from the Smoko Room at Sawmill Brewery is working with Stephen Bradbourne of Monmouth Glass Studio to deliver an art-inspired evening of food and beer. The five-course menu celebrates Matakana food producers and each dish is matched with Sawmill beer (a wine match is also available). Tickets, $135pp, include a piece from Monmouth to take home.
27 Sept from 6pm. Sawmill Brewery, 1004 Leigh Rd, Matakana
Miso Ra at Urbanaut Brewery
There’ll be slurpy noodles and frosty pints aplenty when newbie food truck Miso Ra parks up at Kingsland’s Urbanaut Brewery later this month. Kingsland locals and ramen aficionados Taku and Noriko Hida’s truck may be small but their dishes are mighty: Bowls combine a restorative mix of soup stocks cooked for 8 hours, soy-marinated jammy-yolked eggs and toothsome noodles.
29 Sept, from 2pm. Urbanaut Brewing Co, 597 New North Rd, Kingsland
Are you in the mood for some plant-based food? If so, reserve a table for the second instalment of Kōkako Cafe head chef Plabita Florence’s pop-up, Forest. Reimagining how we look at vegetables, Florence – who’s been vegetarian since birth – will present an innovative set menu made almost entirely of plants. Tickets from email@example.com.
27 Sept, Kokako Café, 537 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
A historical drama about a 19th-century landowner who secretly diarised her relationships with women comes to Neon.Read more
Lauraine Jacobs traces the evolution of eating in NZ, from the spartan diet of the war years to the vibrant multi-ethnic melting pot of cuisines...Read more