Tag Archives: North Shore

Sorry we haven’t been checking as regularly in the past week, we have, like many of you been out and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. First off, have you seen our Zomato GIVEAWAY? A $25 restaurant voucher plus a large White’s & Co. froyo is up for grabs! All you have to do is LIKE us on Facebook and ANSWER the question: Which is the first city we visited in the South Island? (Hint: Answer can be found in the Travel tab above) EMAIL us the answer at More details can be found in the Facebook post.

This is not a new opening or a first-time visit, but we think consistency is just as important as first impressions. There have been so many restaurants where we’ve had great experiences on the first go but left disappointed after the second or third try (cough Miss Clawdy, cough Ebisu). Today not only was the weather terrible, but also our meal at Hip Group’s Takapuna Beach Cafe. Having been our favourite spot to go on the Shore we were not too impressed this time round.P1014729-Edit

We arrived at around 3pm so the menu had changed to the Afternoon set and was a lot more limited. For drinks we had the Vanilla Bean smoothie and the Ice Chocolate. Whilst we had loved the former at The Store before (read here) today it tasted off and had a hint of bitterness in it. I had about 1/4 of the drink, hoping it would get better as I drank, but it did not and I left the rest untouched. P1014722-Edit

The Fish Burger, previously having been such a glorious dish (read here) was disappointing too. Although there was a generous helping of fish it lacked flavour and the fries were soggy.P1014711-Edit

The Beetroot salad looked great, but I didn’t enjoy it. The puree was super sweet and the large cubes of feta were too salty.P1014716-Edit

Service was also not the typical Hip Group standard. Yes we were offered sparkling as we sat down but it never got filled up again, only after I asked twice. No one came around to ask us about our food and the waitress forgot what we ordered. Considering the meal cost a good $60, we’re not too excited to go back anytime soon.

Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store
22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland.takapunabeachcafe

This little cafe on Lake Road in Takapuna is easy to miss (we walked right past it the first time). It’s main selling point is cooking with organic ingredients and being a fair trade restaurant. We ordered the Mimosa Bowl ($13), Eggs Benedict with Bacon ($18.50), a Sausage Roll ($6), a Blueberry Smoothie ($7) and a Hot Chocolate ($4.20). The Mimosa Bowl had a range of ingredients including brown rice, avocado, white beans, and some sour cream. A very light and healthy mix which was tasty and refreshing. The benes we weren’t fans of but we thoroughly enjoyed the drinks. In particular the blueberry smoothie which was sweetened with honey and full of flavour (we preferred this one as opposed to the one at The Shelf – read here). The cafe also has little trinkets and fun games around like the wooden robot and penny game. The owner is Japanese so you will see Japan-inspired dishes with the odd sushi roll there too. Even though the restaurant wasn’t particularly busy, the dishes took a long time to arrive considering they were only making our order. The plates came out separately, at roughly 20-minute intervals. By the time the second came, the first was growing cold.

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46 Lake Road, Takapuna, North Shore.


We visited the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market last Saturday with the main goal of the 40-minute drive being to pick up these beautiful cupcakes from Velvet Delight. Being terribly lazy we only just made it to the market at 12:30. It was surprisingly empty with nothing much to see or do. The cupcakes are super adorable and are great both in looks and taste. We especially enjoyed the salted caramel popcorn one, and also the vanilla cream on top of the red velvet. The cupcakes are super soft. If you’re over the shore we highly recommend getting some of these delights and visiting on Sundays for a greater range. Don’t worry though, Brooke tells us they will soon be moving to the City Centre! There’s so many more that we want to try, namely the lemon, ice-cream sundae and banoffee. (Cupcakes are $4 each or $20 for 6). We also bought some fresh European-style sausages from Salash Delicatessen at the market and spotted a vege garden grown by the cafe next door.

In case you haven’t noticed, we have rearranged our rating categories on the right sidebar so you can now browse through reviews easily based on how much we rated them (like 16.5 to 20/20 for our top restaurants). Remember these are our personal opinions and are totaled to give an idea on what the overall dining experience was like.
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Hobsonville Farmers Market
Cnr Buckley Avenue and Hastings Cresent, Hobsonville.

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