Dirty Dining Diary: Day 6 - D H Supermarket

Red bean bun and fried breadstick.Photo / NZ Herald online
Red bean bun and fried breadstick.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

D H Supermarket, 83 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden

We ordered: A fried breadstick and a red bean flat bun ($3.60 all up). For one of us, this huge fruit and vege market is our regular shopping haunt. There's a small kitchen cooking up mostly buns, but sadly, there's not enough filling and they lack flavour.

The vibe was: A busy supermarket, it's not really a sit and enjoy type of dining experience. But what we did notice was the rank smell coming from behind the tiny takeout.

The décor looked: It's not fair to judge these guys on that, they're just making buns by the tofu isle in the supermarket.

The service was: Friendly.

We left feeling: Like we'd eaten way too many carbs and it wasn't even worth it.

We could see their D grade: After looking around for a while a hand drawn sign featuring a large D was spotted near the room of rice. We think this was their DIY rating certificate.

The most D-grade thing about it: The really bad smell coming from around the back of small food store.

We'd go back: Nah, not even when peckish during a fruit and vegetable shop.

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