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According to the latest census, Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city is home to over 50 nationalities and I for one am glad.  I’ve met so many interesting people from all over the world – South Africa, India, Fiji, France, Australia, Italy, Holland, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Iraq, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the list goes on.  Immigrants bring a wealth of talent, skills, stories, hopes and of dreams with them. It is this diversity, which has made Auckland what it is today – a cosmopolitan, international destination.

Those not new to this blog will know how much of a foodie I am so this week, I thought it fitting to provide a list of our favourite ethnic restaurants in Auckland.


Shefco 46 Stoddart Rd Mt Roskill

It’s hard to find good authentic Arabic food in Auckland, but the baklava from Shefco in Mt Roskill is fantastic! I haven’t tried anything else from there yet, but am encouraged to try more.

Casablanca  Sylvia Park Mall, Mt Wellington

I’ve only tried the Anatolian Bride’s soup here and it was delicious. Not strictly speaking Arabic because there are lots of Turkish dishes too, but I’d go back to try some other selections.


Star Seafood Restaurant  345 Chapel Rd Dannemora

Chinese dishes with lots of fantastic vegetables, meat and seafood.  Large and busy dine-in area or takeaway.  Very popular with Asian locals, so come early. Good value – delicious food!

Grand Park Restaurant  Gate B, Alexander Park Raceway, Epsom

Friends of ours love this restaurant for Dim Sum/Yum Char.  We’ve yet to try it, but trust their recommendation. Very busy dining experience, but worth the wait apparently.


Masala  Bucklands Beach

Mr. Boomerlifetoday loves this restaurant – great value, especially their lunch specials.  Can’t beat the location, right on the waterfront!  I haven’t been yet, but trust Mr. Boomerlifetoday’s review.

Dum Mast   44 Fortunes Rd Pakuranga

Dum Mast prides themselves on providing low-fat Indian fare without sacrificing taste and they succeed!  They are located in a strip mall, but don’t let that put you off.  Service is fast and friendly and they have weekly specials M-W $10 mains (excl seafood).


Sushi Sora North Park

I am just beginning to explore Japanese cuisine, but in my limited experience Sushi Sora has an interesting selection – quite different from the choices available at the sushi franchises. Staff are very pleasant. Priced higher than the chains, it’s definitely worth paying a little extra.

Umi Sushi and Umiya Japanese Cuisine  Atrium on Elliot Foodcourt, CBD

Another great find, with a vast array of choices.  Offers sushi and other Japanese delicacies – never fails to satisfy!


Zap 4   Commerce St, CBD (pictured above)

Fantastic Thai food at great prices – most mains $12-15.00 – serving size is generous.  Table service is fast.  We were there last week before going to a doco at the International Documentary Film Festival and it was busy with a steady stream of takeout and dine-in orders.  I had the Prawn Tom Yum Soup – yummie! Can do most dishes for vegetarians.

Turkish    Park Rd Grafton

Cafe Karadeniz

Very authentic – looks just like a place you’d find in Istanbul.  There are lots of Turkish kebab outlets in the city, but this is worth going a bit further afield for.  If you are visting someone in Auckland Hospital, this cafe is within walking distance and a nice change from the offerings in the hospital’s cafes. Has outdoor seating too so is dog-friendly.


Hansan   Mt Wellington

We’ve only been to the one in Mt Wellington in the east of the city and it was really good.  It has moved recently because of road/train station construction and its new digs are very nice.  We tried the Steamboat – really nice. Very busy with fast service. Prices good too!

Until next time,

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