Ponsonby Central: Toru

We are in love with Ponsonby Central!

Originally a worn-out warehouse, Ponsonby Central is now an alive and buzzing precinct with restaurants, quirky furniture shops, a produce market and even their own DJ. It’s all very exciting stuff. The place adopts the rustic décor that a growing number of Auckland eateries now have. The first restaurant that drew our attention was Toru, the sister company to the famous Teed Street Larder. Service was great, quick and attentive. Boni had the Pork belly burger and I had the Tiger prawns. The burger dish was very filling served with four crinkle cut chips and some crackling. The bun was well made, soft, with that lovely subtle tinge of sweetness. It would have been better if the pork had more seasoning. We both loved the crinkle chips. The prawns were refreshing accompanied with a Viet style salad. They were however slightly overcooked to my liking. We also ordered some smoothies, the Berry and Rose and the Peach and Vanilla. The former we enjoyed the most. They were the perfect thickness with just the right amount of flavour. Needless to say we will be back, possibly to try some of those pies.

Most of the restaurants at Ponsonby Central are open kitchen style, so you can watch/marvel at the chefs’ quick skills and goggle at the other dishes that are being made and make a forever long mental list of what you need to try next time. There is a parking lot round the back that offers the first hour for free. Even though we went at about 1:30 in the afternoon, it was already full. On-street parking is readily available (sort of). We can’t wait to go back to try the other restaurants – Foxtrot Parlour, the newly opened The Dairy, and Little Bread & Butter, just to name a few. We can tell this is fast becoming a favourite place of ours.P1017531-Edit P1017552-Edit P1017555-Edit P1017553-Edit P1017565-Edit P1017566-Edit P1017557-Edit P1017568-Edit P1017570-Edit P1017571-Edit P1017585-Edit P1017579-Edit P1017596-Edit

Ponsonby Central. 136 Ponsonby Road.


  1. I wonder if it is going to be a big new trend of having 4, 5 or 6 chips with burgers?

    I love Ponsonby Central too but it’s hard to get a seat sometimes. We went on a Thursday night when they first opened and the wait for a seat was an hour so we ended up eating elsewhere.

    • I hope so, I’m liking this trend. We were surprised to see so many people there so late in the afternoon. The place was packed.

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