Auckland’s best local delicatessens
Break with food-shopping monotony with a visit to a local purveyor.
570 Te Atatu Rd The folk at Demolition Deli are so committed to stocking all the best deli treats that they even take recommendations from their customers. If you can’t nd what you’re after among their take-home meals, charcuterie and preserves, enquire on their Facebook page and it may just turn up.
5 Mccoll St, Newmarket Big, glorious wheels of cheese sit in a special ageing room next to the cafe in Maison Vauron. You can stare longingly through the glass at them and then buy some to take home.
Auckland-wide The rst Huckleberry Farms store was opened in Greenlane in the early 1990s, by the same family that own the West Lynn institution Harvest Wholefoods (now rebranded Huckleberry). In 2015, the empire grew to a total of nine local grocery stores city-wide, specialising in organic produce and gourmet food items for alternative diets.
756 New North Rd, Mt Albert A traditional French bakery with a cheese counter. You can get a very good toasted baguette at Pyrénées, with thick wedges of goat’s cheese and roasted vegetables.
474 West Coast Rd, Oratia We have it on good authority that Nola’s is the best in the west. Produce comes direct from their own orchard so you can guarantee it’s super fresh. Worth a Sunday drive.
69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell The ever popular La Cigale is essentially an outdoor deli. Mooch around, taste the samples and leave having spent way more than you anticipated. What the hell, you’re in Parnell!
Mars Salt and Sweet
330 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chevalier Victoria Hardy and her husband Seru Mar were inspired to open a deli after a trip to San Francisco last year. Highlights include: bunches of wildowers, a succinct fresh-pressed juice menu and 18 types of Charlies gelato (including their own signature Mars Salt and Sweet avour).
Various locations Okay, it’s totally a supermarket, but the deli counter at Farro Fresh is just so good. We love the specials, Saturday samples, and the produce neatly displayed in repurposed wooden boxes.
The Good Grocer
237 Tamaki Drv, Kohimarama Hip Group’s agship deli is set in the idyllic surrounds of Kohimarama Beach. Fresh, seasonal produce proudly bears labels detailing its provenance. There’s also nut “milk” on tap, housemade preserves, pickles and relishes, and dried, organic pasta made to executive chef Jo Pearson’s recipe.
33 Victoria St East, city centre When Alison Dyson came back from Paris she couldn’t believe the only bread available in the central city was from the supermarket. Wanting fresh bread every morning, she opened her own specialty food store. Her little Clockwise from top right: The Good Grocer; Maison Vauron; Sabato, Ponsonby Central Markets; apples at The Good Grocer.
shop also oers chocolate from around the country, nut butters and boutique Auckland honeys.
Ponsonby Central Markets
136/146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby Whatever you need, Ponsonby Central’s got you sorted. From Neat Meat’s range of interesting cuts and special ageing room, to vino from Wine Direct and Ceres organic produce.
455 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Nestled in Mt Eden Village, this little deli remains as popular as ever. Miller’s Coee, piles of cabinet food and some of the best vegetarian pies in the city – it’s the perfect place to grab a picnic lunch before a hike up Maungawhau.
57 Normanby Rd, Eden Terrace Phil and Jacqui Dixon love the Mediterranean so much they’ve been importing food from France, Spain and Italy since the early 1990s. They travel to Europe regularly to keep tabs on the quality and ethical controls of the products they import.
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Google ‘Black Star Pastry’ and the first thing that pops up is the watermelon cake. It’s the most requested cake on their menu, so when we stopped by the Newtown store after visiting The Grounds, we weren’t going to leave without seeing what all the fuss was about. Light, surprisingly refreshing, marvellously moreish and scented to perfection with a delicious rose flavour, the hype, folks, is real. If you’re keen to soak up some Sydney city views, you can’t beat Henry Deane on a clear, sunny evening. Located at the top of Hotel Palisade in The Rocks, the view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and dominating skyline is unsurpassed. This humming Friday night hotspot is unassuming from the street below, but get to the top floor and you’ll want to make this your new local. hotelpalisade.com
“If I had tried to start this project 20 years ago, the general New Zealand audience may not have been ready,” says Phoebe Li, the curator of Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey. “Now, Auckland has become such a multicultural, diverse place, and people have become so much more accepting.”
Li, a social historian, originally curated the exhibition for a Chinese audience in Hong Kong. Adapting it for Auckland Museum, she hand-picked 100 historic photographs from a pool of 10,000 depicting Chinese life in New Zealand. From the Chinese miners in Central Otago to service in World War I, Dominion Road noodle restaurants and watermelon-growing in south Auckland, the photographs offer a wide-angle lens on what it means to be Chinese in Aotearoa.
Fed up with stereotyping and the way mainstream media often portrays Chinese people, Li hopes the exhibition will quash common misconceptions, including that Chinese people are bad drivers and Chinese students are drug dealers. “This is not an entire picture of the Chinese community in this country. People are ignorant and do make mistakes, but I feel it’s time that people who have the knowledge, should share it,” she says. “Without Chinese migrants bringing the two countries together, New Zealand would have no relationship with China.”
Here, Li and Simon Gould, exhibition developer at the museum, discuss the stories behind some of the photographs.
See Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey, at Auckland Museum, open daily until February 2018.
1. Children in Wellington, circa 1960, by Ans Westra. Courtesy of Suite Gallery Phoebe Li:
Ans Westra came from the Netherlands, and she shot this photo after she landed; she walked around Wellington and took this photo of children from one family. You can see that they all have the same hairstyle and are wearing the same shoes. I guess for Ans she was just curious of the children, and the children would have been very curious about this tall woman photographing them.
2. Greengrocers were a very family business, 1920s. Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library PL:
This is also a very typical family run business: a wife, children and husband. It’s a Chinese greengrocer but if you notice the details you will see it’s not only for Chinese consumption. The Chinese fruit shop is a general part of New Zealand city life, within small towns or in larger cities like Auckland, so in many parts of New Zealand this kind of shop serves the local communities, not just Chinese people.
3. Miners with Alexander Don (far left) at Kyeburn Diggings in Otago, 1902. Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library PL:
Alexander Don, who took this photo, was a Presbyterian missionary. He was preaching to his Chinese followers. His mission wasn’t very successful, but at least he was a good photographer. The reason he took this photo was because he needed to complete an annual report for his mission. Simon Gould: There aren’t many photographs of the early Chinese miners, so it’s an amazing document. Leon Narbey, the lm director who made the lm Illustrious Energy in the late 1980s, used these photos as a main source of material to dress the actors.