Taking a break

The sun is shining today after what feels like endless wet grey days.  It has been a busy few weeks.  Last weekend we were in Auckland – where it was sunny and warm.  We made our way around some great eateries and ate very very well.  As always some places were better than others, but overall I was surprised with the quality of the food and service.

Federal Delicatessen was a great place to start the day.  Bottomless coffee and good tucker.  This place really set us up for hours of walking up and down Auckland’s central city.

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Smoked Hash

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Mish Mash

In the evening we headed off for a few cocktails and dinner.  I love a good cocktail with my preference being tart refreshing drinks.

We started at Tyler St Garage in Britomart.  We arrived early enough to get a spot at their rooftop bar.  It looked like it was going to be a busy night as nearly every table had a reserved sign on it.  Fortunately most tables were reserved from 7pm – so we had plenty of time.

My sister, A and I all ordered a different cocktail. While they all looked lovely I have to say I was pretty disappointed.  They were relatively flavour free and chocker with ice, so by the time you got halfway into the drink it was like drinking slightly flavoured water.

 

We then headed off to Cafe Hanoi. After our trip to Vietnam A and I have been searching out good vietnamese flavours.  Cafe Hanoi was pretty good.  They don’t take dinner bookings.  We were the first customers for the evening – and by the time we left it was bursting at the seams. The food was tasty and the cocktails socked you between the eyes (in a good way) with strong flavours.  I had The Shaman and it was delicous. It was the highlight of my evening. The company was good, the food was good, the setting was lovely…and that cocktail.  Lovely.

 

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