Fresh on the scene: Pas­trami & Rye

Trans­port your­self to New York City at this new sand­wich bar

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“Auck­land doesn’t need an­other cafe or res­tau­rant,” says Dave Donoghue, co-owner of new Eller­slie sand­wich bar and del­i­catessen Pas­trami & Rye. The for­mer butcher would know – for the past six years he’s worked at pro­lific res­tau­rant group Hip Group, most re­cently as re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager. With his part­ner An­gela Earl, he in­stead hopes to fill a gap in the mar­ket for New York-style, made-to-or­der sand­wiches, fea­tur­ing house-smoked and cured meats, and freshly baked bread from La Voie Fran­caise. Round­ing off the deli ex­pe­ri­ence – and in­spired by his time work­ing at New York’s Dean and Deluca – the store also of­fers Blue­bells Cak­ery cup­cakes, take­away muesli cups, pas­tries, freshly squeezed juices and Supreme Cof­fee. Open un­til 7pm, lo­cals can re­serve whole ro­tis­serie chick­ens, or pop in for a serv­ing of roast pork, veg­eta­bles and sal­ads. 112 Main High­way, Eller­slie Vil­lage

Yuki Ya­m­aguchi-lewin

The head chef and owner of Ramen Takara, Browns Bay and Pon­sonby, loves ne din­ing res­tau­rant Kazuya “Kazuya is the go-to place when I want to treat my­self. Chef Kazuya’s cre­ations never cease to blow me away, thanks to his del­i­cate palate and beau­ti­ful pre­sen­ta­tion. What sets it apart is the spirit of omote­nashi – a Ja­panese word for “the art of hos­pi­tal­ity”. You can feel it from the mo­ment you step in to the mo­ment you step out. Dine at Kazuya to be im­mersed in true Ja­panese hos­pi­tal­ity.” 193 Symonds St, Eden Tce

Al Volo Pizze­ria

Au­then­tic Neapoli­tan pizza

This cosy, fam­ily-run Ital­ian res­tau­rant opened its doors in 2004, and has been mak­ing a name for it­self ever since with its wood-fired, Neapoli­tan piz­zas. A dozen ta­bles and an al­ways-lively buzz makes it a charm­ing spot for a ca­sual din­ner and a glass of pros­ecco, without rack­ing up too hefty a bill. We can’t go past the sig­na­ture Al Volo pizza: a fluffy, charred-on-the-edges base topped with smooth buf­falo moz­zarella, cherry toma­toes and parmi­giano. 27 Mt Eden Rd, Grafton

New pop-up: Melt

Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

A ver­i­ta­ble ice cream play­ground has popped up in the Viaduct. Melt by New Zealand Nat­u­ral spe­cialises in gooey, cus­tomis­able ice cream mac­arons, brioches and three­scoop shakes. A Kiwi bach vibe – com­plete with sand­pit – is pol­ished off with a cus­tom, sum­mer-in­spired An­drew J Steel mu­ral. Open daily from 10am: Don’t judge us if we hap­pen to skip break­fast in favour of ice cream in a brioche bun. 137 Quay St,viaduct

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