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Superfoods, Super SIP
New to the Shore in 2014 is SIP Kitchen. It’s handy to the Channel office and is the brainchild of Mairangi Bay business partners Vicky and Darren Plaistowe. ‘Nutrient-dense’ is the buzz word here, with a focus on ‘superfoods’. It's a guilt-free cafe experience in a light, stylishly-designed space on Apollo Drive. A takeaway salmon fillet and avocado salad is just $9.
SIP Kitchen, 25 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay 09 479 1432
Crafty Knitwits Cafe
With a mother-in-law who loves all things crafty, I had to take her to Milford's renowned Craft Knits, when she visited from OZ. Not only were we inspired by the crafty kits, their famous Avocado stack (with either Salmon or chicken) was a must to try after having heard so much about it, and they did not dissappoint - to say we had a good yarn (excuse the pun) over a delicious meal and a cuppa was an understatement!
Crafty Knits 101 Kitchener Road, Milford
09 486 2724
Brew with a View!
This has to be the cafe with the best view in Devonport. If you want an Allpress coffee, colourful play features for the kids to play on and a beach next door, head down to see Ace and the team at Torpedo Bay Cafe. There’s plenty of outdoor space to enjoy a brunch in the sun this summer. Bring your kids’ scooters and let them burn off some energy before taking a dip!
Torpedo Bay Cafe, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport
09 445 5186.
Black & Gold Cafe
I've discovered a wee gem of a cafe that is dangerously close to the Benefitz/Channel Mag office.
Black & Gold sits in the corner of the shops at the top of Triton Drive. It has a great selection of counter food for those who need to grab something and take it back to the office. These include delicious salads, filled baps, slices etc., and a sit down menu that looks fantastic – that's next week!
It also has a very funky fit out and a busy vibe about it. Coffee is great too.
Black and Gold Cafe – 1/33 Triton Drive, Rosedale.
Takapuna Beach Cafe
It is questionable whether there is a better spot to enjoy a coffee, brekky, brunch or lunch anywhere else in New Zealand. The Takapuna Beach Cafe is a jewel in the Takapuna crown.
For me – and lots of others – this is a very special place to enjoy a coffee (Allpress) after an early morning stroll along the beach with the doggies. Nothing better than sitting on the deck, looking out over the beach and water and watching the world go by. It has that real community feel about it as well with lots of locals stopping for a chat.
While it's a little pricey they have an interesting menu, as well as freshly baked artisan bread and pastries, award winning gelato and some of the best fish & chips in Auckland.
Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store, The Promenade, Takapuna Beach.
Bungalo Cafe, Birkenhead
Wondering where to go for brunch in Birkenhead? We suggest giving Bungalo a try this Summer. Well known locally for it’s delicious breakfasts and lunches, this café on Mokoia Rd and is the perfect spot to take small or larger groups.
Our pick is the ‘Feel Good’- poached eggs on grain toast with brie, tomatoes and basil and reckon the burger looks pretty delicious too. There’s a large outdoor lawn so it’s ideal to visit with children and dogs too.
Bungalo Café, 96 Mokoia Rd, Birkenhead
Honey Cafe Takapuna
Honey Cafe in Huron Street has quickly become at Takapuna favourite. It's owned and run by Jules Glasgow who has been instrumental in setting up some of the Shore's favourite cafes (including Hamic and Jam). Great coffee – a special Honey blend created especially for them by Atomic Coffee – and a great menu for brekky, brunch or lunch which is simple, fresh, clean and delicious!
The thing we like about Honey is their food is interesting. Some unique dishes and some old favourites with a twist! Two examples being their 'Honey Benedict' (with two potato croquetttes, poached eggs, spinach and your choice of mushrooms, bacon, short ribs or salmon with Hollandaise) and their 'Pea and Haloumi Fritters' (minted yoghurt dressing and relish). Yum!
Honey Café, 12 Huron Street, Takapuna. (Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday).
Melba Cafe Takapuna
Great coffee and a great place for brekky in Taka if you are steering free of carbs. With their special Get Fit Fast "Selva" menu (developed in conjunction with local fitness trainer and Takapuna identity Selva Thankamani) you have lots of healthy choices to fit in with your lifestyle.
My favourite is the Selva Salmon Special – bacon, scambled eggs, spinach, avocado and kumara. Very filling and a great way to start the day! Always lots of room indoor and out as they have the outdoor seating under the cover of the adjacent mall.
Cafe Melba on Hurstmere Road, 62-78 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015