Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Slap bang in the mid­dle of lively K Rd, Coco’s has a large and loyal fol­low­ing, and it’s not hard to see why. Sis­ters Da­maris and Re­nee Coul­ter run the show in a con­stantly cheery man­ner, their ef­fi­cient, friendly staff wear­ing t-shirts em­bla­zoned with “be kind”. Ex­pect a wait for a ta­ble, but perch your­self at the bar and choose some­thing from the de­cent wine list, or per­haps a craft beer or a cock­tail, and time will fly by. The small menu is rus­tic Ital­ian, with a fo­cus on qual­ity, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents from small, lo­cal sup­pli­ers – think cele­riac ravi­oli with ma­cadamia and thyme but­ter, or slow-roasted pork belly with pump­kin, pancetta, radic­chio and hazel­nuts. Ex­cit­ingly, the tiny kitchen here is soon to be ex­panded, which will give chef Guil­herme Cor­rea Bez­erra more room to show us what he’s ca­pa­ble of. Watch this space. 376 Karanga­hape Rd, City, ph: 09-300 7582, co­coscant­ Drinks & din­ner Tues-sat; mains $22-$33 IN BRIEF An Ital­ian cantina with a big fo­cus on fun

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