Dirty Dining Diary: Day 24 - Star

Roast beef sandwich and roast lamb with vegetables.Photo /NZ Herald onilne
Roast beef sandwich and roast lamb with vegetables.Photo /NZ Herald onilne

Central Auckland's dirtiest eating establishments were named by the Herald a month ago.

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.

Photo / NZ Herald online
Photo / NZ Herald online

Star East, 187 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga

We ordered: The roast lamb with vegetables and gravy ($15) which tasted salty and good, but we were pretty hungry. We also sampled a pretty measly looking roast beef sandwich ($4).

The vibe was: A bit sad, but it was raining outside so maybe that darkened our mood.

The décor looked: Tacky and a bit grubby.

The service was: Average.

We left feeling: Full of Sunday roast, and super thirsty from the salty meal. But strangely satisfied.

We could see their D grade: Stuck on the front window as we entered.

The most D-grade thing about it: The meat, veg and gravy were sitting in a heated window at the counter. It's hard to know how long they'd been in there, waiting for a willing customer.

- www.nzherald.co.nz

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