With the end of the year drawing near, our hospitality scene shows little sign of slowing down. In fact, as we head into the summer holidays, a plethora of new openings are upon us, each offering more excitement and intrigue than the next. Cyber Toast is the latest to catch our eye, a grab-and-go outpost that offers a particular type of beloved streetfood, Korean toasties.
Designed to capture the essence of Seoul’s cyberpunk fascination, the fit out at Cyber Toast was completed by Brave Construction, and feels reminiscent of dystopian, neon-lined films like Blade Runner. The menu plays on this notion too. And while diners can order from a ‘retro-futuristic’ screen, it is the notion of the Korean toastie itself — a contemporary melange of traditional Korean flavours with a distinctly modern, unique twist — that the owners here believe plays into the concept the most.
If you haven’t already seen them on social media, Cyber Toast’s toasties typically comprise a vegetable omelette, ham (they can remove this for vegetarians), cheese, cabbage, and a layer of bright pink sauce. The sauce recipe, we’re told, is a carefully-guarded house secret — but it’s fruit-based and only slightly sweet, which makes it the perfect finishing touch to all of the spot’s satiating, savoury bite.
Tucked away in the heart of the CBD, Cyber Toast is the kind of hole-in-the-wall that will draw a hungry, cuisine-curious workday crowd, as much as it will anyone looking for a late-night snack in downtown Auckland. And, with plans to continue growing its offering of Korean toasties, while folding in aspects of classic Kiwi cuisine, Cyber Toast is definitely one to watch.
Monday — Thursday, 7am until 4pm.
Friday, 7am until 9pm.
Saturday, 11am until 9pm.
8 Commerce Street, Auckland Central