Auckland's filthiest restaurants were revealed this week, with E ratings forcing seven to shut down while another 12 were given a D rating. Steve Braunias visits some of the worst.

One of the few grand sights in the west Auckland suburb of Henderson – very well, the only grand sight – is the beautifully restored hotel on the banks of the Oratia Stream.

It was built in 1873. It's now The Falls restaurant. It has deep-stained wooden floorboards, and historic photographs line the walls: men felling kauri, women pushing prams. Henderson's heritage, framed in black and white.

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