The weekend is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by indulging in some delicious meals. Unfortunately, the stress from picking a place can sometimes take away from the leisurely experience of wining and dining so we have you all covered, breakfast lunch and dinner. Let us present, your weekend dining agenda.
Warm-up your soul with a deep bowl of wonton soup from this hidden gem in Howick. Kingston Noodles is a cash-only restaurant and it’s renowned for its flavoursome broth as well as serving Hong Kong-style breakfast dishes such as French toast and milk tea.
Must-have dishes: Wonton noodle soup, beef brisket noodle soup and peanut butter and milk toast.
Opening hours: 11am until 8:30pm
119 Meadowland Dr, Howick
Paradise Indian Food
You can never go wrong with a curry night, accompanied by a starter of crispy fried onion pakora and mutton biryani at Sandringham’s renowned Paradise. The lollipop chicken is also worth a mention as those little mouthfuls are jam-packed with flavour and once you pop, you can’t stop.
Must-have dishes: Paradise Special Chicken Masala, garlic naan and onion pakora.
Opening hours: 11:30am until 3:30pm & 5:00pm until 9:30pm
591 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham
Ponsonby Road Bistro
Whether it’s for a romantic date night, dinner with family or friends, Ponsonby Road Bistro is the place to be. The steak frites is an absolute must — even if you’re a fan of shoestring fries, PRB’s thick cuts are an exception. Finish off with the Valrhona chocolate pudding and you can thank us later.
Must-have dishes: Char-grilled scotch fillet steak and chips, chicken liver pate, fried feta and halloumi and Valrhona chocolate pudding.
Opening hours: 4pm until late and closed on Sunday
165 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
The lamb chawarma from Fatima’s always has us deceased. Filled to the brim with meat, saucy, juicy and succulent — it’s like the first time, every time. Also, never forget the potato koftas as they are essential to complete your Fatima’s feast.
Must-have dishes: Lamb chawarma, Fatima’s Favourite pita, potato koftas and falafel side.
Opening hours: 11am until 10pm
20 Anzac St, Takapuna and 240 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Scandibunz at Takapuna Sunday Markets
Have an early rise on Sunday morning and make your way to the Takapuna Sunday Markets and buy your weeks worth of the freshest produce in town. While you’re there, pick up a box of Fika rolls from Scandibunz. Don’t confuse them for brioche rolls, these are fluffier, sweeter, lighter and all-round tastier.
Must-have flavours: Coffee caramel, blueberry white chocolate and marzipan.
Opening hours: 7am until 12pm
17 Anzac St, Takapuna