Review: Bestie Cafe

Housed in the St. Kevins arcade, Bestie Cafe is tucked off K Road and as it name suggests, it’s one of the best. The cafe seating is located in the arcade itself, which lends itself to a vibrant, naturally lit setting with lots of greenery and magnificent windows overlooking Meyers Park. The coffee beans are…

Review: The General Cafe

The General epitomises ‘trendy brunch cafe’, with its expansive menu, breakfast cocktails and light and airy setting. It’s the place to be on Saturday morning, and its proximity to the Mount township adds to its popularity. While there is usually a queue, the General is roomy and tables turn over quite quickly.  The menu lends…

Review: Azabu Ponsonby

It’s discrete, it’s intimate and it’s sophisticated. Azabu is nestled into the K Road end of Ponsonby Road (right next to my work actually) and it is definitely one of those places that you would walk straight past if you didn’t realise it was there. Its inconspicuousness leads to one feeling as though they have…

Review: Eddies and Elspeth

This trendy little spot in Mount Maunganui embraces a concept I haven’t really come across, but am all on board for. Eddies and Elspeth are actually two separate entities, sharing premises but still very much distinctly their own. They may share a countertop, but the tills are separate, so order for Eddies at one end…

Review: Oscar and Otto

A funny one actually. Rewind three months, and I had never heard of Oscar and Otto. Now I have visited there three times in approximately four weeks, and we have secured Hereford Kitchen (the owners of Oscar and Otto) to cater our wedding. A whirlwind romance (with Oscar and Otto, not with Andy 😉 ),…

Review: Geeks on Sainsbury

Prompted by our recent shift to Auckland, I resolved that in 2022 Andy and I would work our way through the Urban List’s best breakfasts. Our first weekend in Auckland (despite having lived there for almost two months) was spent suburb hopping, wandering streets and precincts, trying to orientate ourselves as quickly as possible. The…

Review: Altitude Brewery

After returning from Canada with heightened standards about what I consider a good beer, it didn’t take long for this Frankton brewery to become a firm favourite.  With a menu heavy on IPAs, it would be a lie to say that the selection is to everyone’s taste (it certainly is to mine), however there is…

Review: Polpetta

How’s this for a concept? Choose your protein; choose your pasta base; choose your sauce. So simple and it works SO well! We were delighted to stumble upon this innovative pasta bar during our time on New Plymouth and we could see why it has such a good reputation. I got good vibes from the…

Review: Knead Artisan Donuts

Forever on a quest to find the best donuts, Knead Artisan Donuts in New Plymouth sure did make a great submission. It is only open a couple of days a week, so our plan was to drive there before we began our journey back to Napier and grab some for the road. Andy and I…

Review: Alessandro’s

Havelock North’s diverse array of international food continues to flourish and is only bolstered by the popularity and quality of Alessandro’s. It has recently moved (upsizing due to its success) and is now located across the road and down the alleyway from the beloved Pipi restaurant, probably its greatest competition for delicious Italian food in…