View of Mount Ruapehu
Though Wellington is by far my favourite city in New Zealand, Auckland will always have a place in my heart. I did, after all, spend part of my childhood north of the city. I'll never forget how many times we visited the Auckland museum (but now all I remember of those visits are the chocolate muffins with sugar dinosaurs on top that I was treated to after being bored by all the museumy bits). Now, the city's main attraction is the burgeoning food scene. Spoiler: there are no chocolate muffins in this post.
My friends and I tried an assortment of dishes, the standout being fried chicken on a waffle. It was an odd combination of savoury and sweet (maple syrup drenched the waffle) and the whole time I was eating it I couldn't decide if I liked it, as it was just so bizarre. I think I must have liked it, as I would order it again.
For dessert, the fresh fruit with ice cream was light and satisfying, and was the perfect way to end a heavy meal (and probably any meal).
A chic restaurant on K Road, Coco's was slightly pricey but had a down-to-earth atmosphere. A good start to the evening was had when we discovered that it was happy hour from five til seven, and one of the choices was $6 Prosecco.
Having just read Yannick's sister's blog A Vagabond in Europe, we felt jealous of pictures of her Spanish tapas. As such, we decided on a visit to El Faro where we could feel closer to her (at least gastronomically). Everything was tasty, but I was most surprised by the butter beans and chorizo which were delicious. We also ordered a beef dish with olives, patatas bravas and fried chicken wings with chimichurri (a jug of sangria could not be passed by either).
From left to right: chocolate cake with ice cream, chocolate mousse, and pavlova. The cake was rich and chocolatey just as it should be, and the pavlova (with zingy passion fruit and raspberry sauce) was light and delicate. You could eat here after a meal at another Stables establishment, or as a meal in itself! The prices were very reasonable, with many items at $10 and the more elaborate ones increasing up to $15.
We are leaving Auckland behind for now, but we will be back one day in the not-too-distant future. Here's a cute fish courtesy of Coco's Cantina crockery.