Guilt-free Goodness

Bird on a Wire quickly established itself as a fixture in Takapuna after opening on Hurstmere Road almost two years ago. The restaurant has led the way in the move towards fresh, healthy food which has become a huge focus for so many diners in recent times.

Everything on the menu is prepared on site at their Takapuna store, using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Based in the stylish laneway of Fortieth & Hurstmere, Bird on a Wire has a racked up a host of regular customers, many are locals working in the area who chose to slip a quick, healthy lunch into their day.

Owner Sophie Gilmour says: ‘When we started Bird on a Wire we wanted to focus on simple and delicious food; serving healthy food is really important to us, and preparing everything on site means we do not serve anything containing additives or preservatives.” The menu is based around free range rotisserie chicken, and Sophie’s aim is to serve the best roast chicken in Auckland. The chicken is marinated in a citrus and salt brine overnight; the bird absorbs the seasoning giving the meat a delicious flavour, and the chicken is then roasted and served to diners as soon as it comes off the rotisserie.

At the top of the menu is a selection of chicken, roasted and cut into different sized servings. Diners can then select a baste and various side dishes. Baguettes and burgers are also popular, served warm, and offering everything from Jamaican jerk to Korean BBQ sauce or traditional chicken gravy.

The fresh seasonal salads from the cabinet  are a favourite feature for many regular diners, with new salads appearing regularly alongside the two favourites always on offer – the delicious Japanese ponzu slaw, and a beetroot, spinach, carrot and walnut salad in a maple vinaigrette. For those of us with a sweet tooth, there is a range of scrumptious desserts, which once again maintain the emphasis on simple but delicious food - lemon pie, apple and rhubarb crumble and warm chocolate brownie amongst others.

“Lunchtime has always been the busiest time of the day for us in Takapuna,” says Sophie, “but dinner has started to take off for us more recently. A little known fact is that we have a really great selection of New Zealand wines and craft beers to enjoy alongside our meals.”  With the store opening at 8am there are plenty of breakfast options also available. The free range produce extends to eggs and bacon, with the menu also offering toast and spreads, breakfast burritos and muesli. Organic coffee is supplied by Espresso Workshop, and is served with organic milk.

Bird on a Wire is open seven days, and all dishes are available as dine-in or takeaway. The Takapuna store will soon be offering delivery to neighbouring suburbs; a welcome move for fans of their delicious food, and an exciting development for the restaurant that continues to show diners a fresh new attitude towards fast food.


Bird on a Wire, Fortieth & Hurstmere, 40 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 486 5436 Open seven days a week, 8am until late.

By Bridget Phillips

Channel Magazine: Issue 73 February 2017. Check out the article online HERE.