Calamari – Oyster & Chop

Calamari - Oyster & Chop
Furikake crumb, togarashi sprinkle, yuzu mayo. $19 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Wow, this was probably one of the best calamari dishes I’ve had! The  squid was super tender, the breading was delicious, and it was perfectly fried. Combine that with the Japanese flavors and you have a winning plate!

Roast beetroot salad – Oyster & Chop

Roast beetroot salad - Oyster & Chop
Shaved pickled beetroot, roast beetroot, candied walnuts, Drunken Nanny Ash goat’s cheese, lime and vanilla dressing $19 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Mmm, I loved this beet dish! It was so delicious and there was an amazing variety of flavors and textures. I especially liked the goat cheese spread underneath and the pea shoots on top.

Parra Bay oysters – Oyster & Chop

Parra Bay oysters - Oyster & Chop
Mignonette, lemon. Happy hour, each $2 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Hmm, I liked that these oysters were super affordable during happy hour, but they didn’t seem very fresh or tasty. They seemed like they could have been previously frozen which is never a good thing. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Red wines - Oyster & Chop
Elephant Hill Syrah ($13 NZD) and Mills Reef Cabernet blend ($12 NZD).

Afternoon wines – Devon On The Wharf

Afternoon wines - Devon On The Wharf
Clos Marguerite Rose ($11.50 NZD) and Passage Rock Chardonnay ($13 NZD).
Devon On The Wharf, Devonport NZ

I loved the location of this restaurant with the amazing view of downtown Auckland. I just wish their bar program would have been smarter than using tinted glasses to serve wine. This made our wine look disgusting and kept throwing me off every time I wanted to take a sip. Our wine looked liked an appletini and Kool-Aid for god’s sake!

Herbed scramble – Odettes Eatery

Herbed scramble - Odettes Eatery
Halloumi, broccolini, date chutney, Midnight Baker bread. $20 NZD
Odettes Eatery, Auckland NZ

Mmm, this scramble was really delicious and I liked the fluffy texture of it. The halloumi cheese was good too, but maybe there was a bit too much of it.

Cucumber Fizz cocktail - Odettes Eatery
Cucumber Fizz: prosecco, elderflower, apple. $16 NZD

Honey granola – Odettes Eatery

Honey granola - Odettes Eatery
Summer fruits, labneh, cashew praline. $18 NZD
Odettes Eatery, Auckland NZ

This granola was really delicious. The yogurt was pretty thick so we had to add a bit of milk to thin it out. I loved all the different flavors and textures of all the toppings though. Yum!

Bloody Mary - Odettes Eatery
Bloody Mary: vodka, tomato, pickle, berbere. $16 NZD

Fresh rolls with pork and prawns – PokPok Thai Restaurant

Roti bread - PokPok Thai Restaurant
Caramelized pork and prawns, bean sprouts, ginger, shallots, coriander, mint, sesame soy dressing. $10 NZD
PokPok Thai Restaurant, Auckland NZ

This was the weirdest Thai spring rolls I’ve ever seen. I have never seen Thai food wrapped in flour tortillas before. Definitely not authentic – sad like the service.

Treyf – Federal Delicatessen

Salmon latkes - Federal Delicatessen
Pickled pork, poached eggs, horseradish hollandaise on rye bread. $19.50 NZD
Federal Delicatessen, Auckland NZ

We didn’t know what this was when we saw it on the menu, but it ended up being like a Jewish style eggs benedict. The pickled pork was quite an interesting change and I liked it along with the horseradish hollandaise sauce.