Get the band together and slide into a booth seat for cheap beers and cheerful arepas at Conch Kitchen, reviewed by Kim Knight.

Conch Kitchen & Bar
115a Ponsonby Rd
Ph: (09) 360 1999

WE SPENT: $120
WE THOUGHT: 14 - Good

Bye bye, bao. Hola arepa!

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The maize flour flatbread is the carbohydrate you didn't know you were missing. Credited by historians as one of South America's enduring "pre-contact" foods, it was eaten before (and after) the arrival of Christopher Colombus. Frankly, I'm astonished it's not on menus everywhere.

It's de rigueur at Conch, the place that used to sell records but

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