A stylish all-day eatery opens adjacent to West Auckland's notable Te Uru Art Gallery.
Following the suburb’s formidably transformed art gallery emerging late last year after a $19 million redevelopment, we now have further reason to visit tranquil Titirangi with the unveiling of an all-day restaurant, the adjoining Deco Eatery. The product of hospitality proficient Alex Isik, proprietor of Point Chevalier’s recently minted noshery, Nomad, Deco is the tasteful new inhabitant of the original gallery Lopdell House’s lobby space.
With an über chic interior – the impressive handiwork of Pennant and Triumph – perfectly complementing the heritage building’s Spanish architecture, the space is enhanced by the surrounding native bush, Manukau Harbour views and the ample natural light that pours in. Providing a modern oasis in which to unwind and socialise, inside lush cushions and bench seats, a lofty ceiling, light wooden furniture and crisp white walls are all offset by teal shutters and mesmerising Spanish tiles. The open plan interior is subtly divided into three interlinking parts – a street facing café, a more intimate central dining area and sun soaked seating that wraps around the far, window-lined wall.
Streaming from the exposed kitchen is an array of flavoursome fare for any time of the day. While the usual options are available in the morning, so too are more substantial offerings in the form of meatballs, wraps and burgers with multiple small dishes and shared plates that exhibit the menu’s Eastern Mediterranean influences later in the day. For dinner, expect to be similarly spoilt for choice with all carnivorous tendencies catered to and a mezze menu – the perfect accompaniments to a bottle of wine – that’s available till 10pm. The 24-hour cooked beef cheek, Lahmacun (Turkish pizza) and Greek meatballs served with roast potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables are all proving to be popular picks, along with the two Moroccan tagine-style dishes comprised of either lamb shank or chicken.
Satisfying those with a sweet tooth, the dessert menu again covers both the usual favourites and a few Turkish treats, while caffeine consumers simply cannot leave without sampling the signature house blend, roasted on-site which boasts a heavenly smoothness. So with little more reason necessary to sway us in the direction of a venture west, we suggest you start planning a trip to Titirangi.
Open 7 days a week, 7am till late.
418 Titirangi Road
(09) 817 2664