Moves and grooves in the Auckland dining scene

By Fiona Ralph

Angus McClean, head chef at Queenies, is cooking monthly winter feasts in place of their evening service. Picture / Chris Gorman
Angus McClean, head chef at Queenies, is cooking monthly winter feasts in place of their evening service. Picture / Chris Gorman

• The team who owned Shortland St's The Grassy Knoll cafe (now Giles Luncheonette) have opened tasty-sounding Willow in Albany, weekdays only. Stand by for the start of their Saturday service.

• Good One in Douglas St has appointed the talented Maggie Thomas (ex Little Cake Kitchen) as their new manager.

• Landreth & Co on Ponsonby Rd has been revamped as Clear Water Peak, with a delicious-sounding menu - gingerbread pancakes and paddle crab omelette, anyone?

• Chef Nick Honeyman has moved from The Commons and Everybody's Izakaya to Lava Dining at the Sofitel, and launched a new menu this week. He replaces chef Scott Brown, who has opened fish and chippie FishSmith on Jervois Rd, where Herne Bay Fish Mart ran for 27 years.

• Ponsonby Central's Toru cafe has extended its hours into the evening, offering a substantial new bar menu; we love the braised short rib with spicy sambal, the crab croquettes with manchego and serrano ham, and the banana, coconut and rum rice pudding.

• Over winter, Queenies is offering monthly feasts in place of its regular evening service, promising comfort food, home-baked breads and a shared three-course meal - think slow-cooked meat platters, exotic stews and more. Their first is this Saturday. $60 a person, to book ph (09) 378 8977.

- VIVA

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