Whānau-friendly dining in Takapuna

Itching to get out and eat? Have someone else do the dishes and take your family out to one of Takapuna’s buzzing family-friendly, kid-friendly and tastylicious dining establishments. We’ve got cafes, restaurants, takeaways and desserts for everyone in your whānau. ZOMER CAFÉ We say it’s family friendly, but really it’s more like a family home. With fun, colourful décor and super-friendly team, it’s kind of like visiting an eclectic aunt’s house for a meal everyone’s going to love. Kids will like that there’s French toast, burgers and fish & chips on the menu, and the big kids can choose from everything from full breakfast to plant-based granola. Not to mention the colourful cakes and cabinet food. I love Takapuna recommends For the kids: French toast

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Profile: Street Organics – new Summer menu

Street Organics is excited to present a new menu for Summer which is just around the corner! As always, the menu features a range of delicious, nutritious whole food dishes with something to suit everyone. Whether you’re following a keto diet, or if you’re vegan, paleo, gluten free, low FODMAP, have specific allergies or if you’re a passionate omnivore, you’ll find something to tick all your boxes. Street Organics opened on 11 January 2017, with a great crew, passionate about quality, organic whole foods, real customer service and caring for our planet with sustainable practices. They’re proud of their food and service, and absolutely love what they do. The beautiful café was born from a genuine love of serving people and a deep appreciation of

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Profile: EAT Street, 40 Hurstmere Road

Fortieth & Hurstmere is more than just a laneway – it’s a neighbourhood, and any good neighbourhood comes with different types of locals. When we built Fortieth & Hurstmere, we handpicked a selection of the best establishments to join our community. Whether you’re after a spot of coffee in the morning, a bite to eat for lunch or somewhere to settle in for after work drinks and dinner. We’re sure you’ll find something that takes your fancy at Fortieth & Hurstmere. Bird on a Wire: Bird On A Wire was started by four friends with a simple goal; to feed the world better food. Hot free‐range rotisserie chicken, a large selection of fresh vegetarian salads, sumptuous sammies, burgers and sides are served from 11am – late

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Profile: Chikara Sato, Head Chef – Tokyo Bay

Head Chef : Chikara Sato Tokyo BayMain Beach, The Strand, Takapuna Beach Chikara (Chika) Sato of Tokyo, heads the kitchen at Tokyo Bay Takapuna. He is regarded as one of the highest skilled Japanese chefs to have worked in New Zealand. Chikara is a specialist in the art of sushi and seafood. He has come from famous Tokyo restaurants ‘Seryna’ in Shinjuko, www.seryna.co.jp specialising in Kobe beef & shabu-shabu. Chikara was trained by the masters at Kyubey Restaurant in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s most famous sushi establishments. Customers at this restaurant will queue before opening in the morning to get a seat at the counter to watch the master chef’s showing their skills. At Tokyo Bay we prepare modern Japanese cuisine, not Japanese fusion. Many

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Smokepit & Buoy

Profile: Simon Kirikau – Smokepit & Buoy

Simon is the Executive Chef at Smokepit & Buoy restaurant, within The Spencer Hotel in Takapuna Tell us about the best thing that’s happened/happening in your year Definitely the highlight of 2021 has been that I got married!  We had an intimate wedding in our back garden, and of course, I organised and cooked all the food!  I prepared Ribs, smoked Lamb Shoulder, Jamaican Jerk BBQ Chicken and a huge bowl of raw fish. It was an incredibly special day, with close friends and family and my two daughters were with us which meant such a lot to me and my new wife Rebecca. That’s the trouble with being a Chef, is that you can’t help yourself – in any situation, you can’t help being

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Joes Eatery

Profile: Joseph-Paul Geo – Joe’s Eatery

Joe’s Eatery: Sharing the love of food Joseph-Paul Geo is Joe of Joe’s Eatery. He’s originally from India and has been in New Zealand for the last 23 years. His eponymous Eatery arrived on Hurstmere Road in July 2019, and quickly gained a reputation for seriously great coffee, delicious food, great wines and craft beers. Better still, from Joe’s perspective, is that his Eatery is located in the place he’s been fortunate enough to call home for the last 22 years: the North Shore. “I am passionate about calling the Shore my home. My kids have enjoyed growing up here and have gone to local schools. We have a fantastic little spot here on Hurstmere Road in Takapuna, and I thoroughly enjoy being part of this

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Profile: Steve Shute – The Elephant Wrestler

When was the last time you had a weekend off? What did you do with it? The last weekend I had off was probably in July. I spent the weekend with my family. Nothing over exciting. When you are in fast paced somewhat “noisy” environment all the time it is nice to just take time to relax and re-engage with the family. What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t? Gosh so many things!!! I guess that I am still very partial to desserts and sweet things and even as I get older, I still seem to lack the ability to say no to those things. Just means extra time spent with my awesome neighbours at Anytime Fitness!! How is business looking

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Profile: Saul Stevens – Zomer Cafe

It’s Summer all year round at Zomer! Like many North Shore locals, Saul Stevens is from the UK. He moved to New Zealand to experience “the world-famous Kiwi lifestyle” and “instantly fell in love with Takapuna”. Also like many others, he’s here to stay. Saul has managed Zomer Café on The Strand for more than three of its seven-plus years, and its summer vibe and energy has yet to pall for either Saul or the café’s many regulars. One of Zomer’s attractions is its sunny morning aspect – one of the few Takapuna cafés to welcome the sunrise. “Some people might not know that Zomer in Dutch means summer, so at Zomer it’s summer all year round,” laughs Saul. It’s also just a short stroll

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Profile: Monterey Lounge Cinema

Feast your eyes on the new Monterey Takapuna Movie Menu. Offering so much more to your cinema experience the Monterey Takapuna Lounge cinema brings an innovative lifestyle approach to the venue, where you swap your drink for specialty cocktail and freshly made pizza or delicious dessert served to your seat. Come spend some time in our bar & lounge area! A warm, friendly and luxurious atmosphere to relax in and meet friends for a drink or bite to eat regardless of whether you are watching a film. Download the new Monterey Cinema menu here! Monterey Cinema Takapuna  is redefining the cinema-going experience.  Monterey Lounge Cinema Takapuna are bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to the venue. Gone are the old cinema seats, which have now been

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