A UK pop-up at Orphans Kitchen, plus new Auckland cafe and bar openings

by Kate Richards / 03 July, 2018

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A dish from Silo, which will popping up at Orphans Kitchen at the end of July.

Pop-ups, new openings and more Auckland food news.

There’s plenty to wrap your laughing gear around this July.

As part of Orphans Kitchen’s fifth birthday celebrations, zero-waste restaurant Silo from Brighton, England are popping up for two nights. Silo’s owner Douglas McMaster has been consistently awarded for his efforts in reducing food waste, winning The Observer’s award for best ethical restaurant in 2016 – an approach which matches Tom Hishon’s at Orphans Kitchen. The pair are putting on a multi-course progressive feast with a complementary organic New Zealand wine list. Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July, tickets $120pp, book online, or for groups of eight or more, email Emmy-Lou at eat.orphans@gmail.com.

Restaurant Month doesn’t kick off until August, but now’s the time to book tickets to one of the many events happening across the central city’s restaurants. As well as lunch and dinner specials from as little as $25 a head, catch heavy hitters Clayton Wells of Automata Sydney, and Kirk Westaway of Singapore's Michelin-starred Jaan when they pop up at Culprit and Clooney respectively. Or, be entertained at the Curious Food Festival on August 18 where 12 restaurants will present their most imaginative dish. See the programme here.

Aaron Carson and Francesca Mazza of Winona Forever have opened a new inner-city cafe, Friday I’m in Love. Fans of Mazza’s enormous baked treats will not be disappointed. This new opening, in the base of the GHD building, has a bursting cabinet as well as an a la carte offering. And yes, it’s all highly Instagrammable. 27 Napier St, Freemans Bay.

Participating in Dry July? There are loads of restaurants around the city where it’s easy to go booze-free:

  • Nic Watt’s Masu is offering a non-alcoholic drinks pairing with their five-course Tokusen menu this month, which includes a mix of Seedlip-based drinks (a non-alcoholic distilled spirit), and their own kombucha.
  • Augustus Bistro are also serving Seedlip cocktails.
  • Hipgroup outfits all have a wonderful and often changing range of house-made sodas and juices.
  • Clooney now does tea and juice pairings.
  • Or get yourself to a cheap eat that doesn’t serve booze – Mumbai Chaat, Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle or Mamak all come highly recommended. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the September/October issue of Metro where we round up our annual Top 50 Cheap Eats.

Music photographers Robert Knight and Maryanne Bilham open Anthology this week – a new live music venue and wine bar at 375 Karangahape Road.

Hello Mister is also opening a third branch for their Vietnamese street food offering, at 1 Faraday St, Parnell.

Join the Matariki celebrations at Coco’s Cantina, Monday 9 July. They’re hosting guest speakers Pita Turei and Te Aroha Morehu who will korero on the origins and history of Matariki and local culture over a Matariki-inspired meal. Tickets available from Thursday 5 July, see @cocoscantina for details.

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