Dirty Dining Diary: Day 8 - Bun Hut

Photo / NZ Herald online
Photo / NZ Herald online

Last month Central Auckland's dirtiest eating establishments were named.

Food grades in the former Auckland City region show 10 restaurants and cafes have received E grades, with 29 given a D grade.

The New Zealand Herald online asked readers if they were influenced by the food grading system. Nearly 13,500 readers responded and just over half said they used the rating to make a call about whether to dine there. Or not.

But to the every day diner, how do these places really stack up?

A few brave members of the online team have decided to put their bellies on the line and review all 29 of the D listers, revealing one a day for the month of September. D grade eateries are reviewed twice a year, according to Auckland City Council. While they are subject to change, our list is correct as of the last week of August, 2013. If the grade is changed at the time of publication this will be made clear in the review.

So join us on our journey eating through the D list. Check in at lunch each day, read our review, and let us know in the poll if you have - or would - eat at the outlet.

(Check out our week 1 wrap here.)

Photo / NZ Herald online
Photo / NZ Herald online

Bun Hut, 11 Lister Building, Victoria St East, Auckland Central

We ordered: One plate of pork dumplings, the most popular pick, staff said (5 for $4). Pre-plated unloveingly and kept in a small display oven, we were nervous about these super sticky, barely warm bundles. Just one bite and the inside looked grey and lacked flavour.

The vibe was: Grim. The staff sat up the back, chatting and munching away. We pulled up a table, poured a small dish of soy and bravely took a bite.

The décor looked: Forgotten.

The service was: Minimal, but we were approached upon entry and served efficiently.

We left feeling: Like one bite of the bun was enough and a little wary of the consequences.

We could see their D grade: Hidden next to a fridge, but near the front counter.

The most D-grade thing about it: The food was not good and the place was pretty uncared for.

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