Fluffy Japanese cheesecakes are in the cabinet at Camper Coffee. Photo / @campercoffee

Snack Time: New Openings, Spring Menus & More Tasty Food News

Plus where to find this dreamy cheesecake at a sweet new cafe in Newmarket

NEW MENUS

Andiamo's spring menu 
Even if the weather still sucks, spring has arrived at Andiamo with a new menu sure to perk you back up. Fresh new dishes include riso verde with zucchini flower; market fish crudo with salsa verde, baby capers and anchovy, and a juicy burrata with zucchini caponata, sultana and chilli. 194 Jervois Rd, Ponsonby

Euro's October crab menu 
Celebrate crustaceans like a champ with Euro's special three-course crab menu through October. There's soft-shell crab tacos, spanner crab omelette, king crab crumpets, crab linguine and more. Shed 22, Princes Wharf

Burrata too good to share on Andiamo's new spring menu. Photo / Supplied

BOOK IN 

Orphans Kitchen Root to Petal
Leave it to Orphans Kitchen to transform the humble vege into a dish worthy of main course status. We’re keenly anticipating its Root to Petal menu — an exclusively vegan and vegetarian menu on until October 19. It’s $35 pp for two set courses and promises delicious things with spring produce, regardless of any dietary fancies. Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm. Book at Orphanskitchen.co.nz

Barrio Fiesta at Annabel's Wine Bar
To celebrate the release of Halcyon Wines Pet-Nat (Gris Noir & Pinot Noir), The Cult Project's Carlo Buenaventura is serving a pop-up menu at Annabel's. The three-course menu is Filipino inspired with a contemporary spin and dished up alongside a glass of the new Pet Nat. $55pp, bookings through hello@annabelswinebar.com. Sunday October 20. 277 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Crab out with Euro's new crab three-course menu this month. Photo / Supplied

Hallertau x Cazador
Cazador is taking over the Hallertau kitchen serving a super Sunday dinner. The feast includes Kawakawa and coffee-rubbed smoked wagyu brisket, and Cazador’s signature smoked boar and beer kielbasa sausage. Also expect house-made sauces, slaws and pickles, dessert and a complimentary beer on arrival. $65pp. Sunday October 20. Hallertau Brewery and Restaurant, 1171 Coatesville-Riverhead Hwy, Riverhead

The Sugar Club Vegan Day
You don't have to be vegan to enjoy The Sugar Club's special menu on World Vegan Day. The plant-based five-course vegan menu will be on for lunch and dinner, with an optional vegan beverage pairing. The menu will feature three new dishes, two of which will also be low carbon. Friday November 1. 72 Victoria Street West Level 53, Sky Tower

Duck Island is now scooping in Newmarket, hooray! Photo / Supplied

NEW OPENINGS

ACE
Tiny cafe ACE opens in the entranceway to the (recently saved) Capitol Cinema serving epic toasties, coffee and sweet baking. The four-seater cutie comes from Tony Downing, of Cross St Market toastie fame, and barista, Ashleigh Duncan. Try the 'Second Breakfast' toastie — fried egg, hash brown and swiss cheese. And a triple chocolate cookie. 606A Dominion Rd, Balmoral

Hello Stranger
East Tamaki has a bright new cafe serving classic brunch fare, sweet treats and a good selection of Garage Project and Sawmill beers. There's also a beef brisket burger on the menu to seal a visit. 27 Smales Road, East Tamaki

Camper Coffee
A new spot for coffee, a sweet treat, and a grizzly bear called Gregory for a mascot. Owners of cafe The Candy Shop expanded what used to be a beloved hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, Camper Coffee, into the new leafy, eclectic space. You can order Candy Shop food and eat it at Camper (just down the alley) but it’s the cabinet of pastries, fluffy Japanese cheesecakes and decadent NY baked cakes worth saving room for. It's open until 9pm with an alcohol licence, so you can swap their specialty batch brews for a dessert vino. 2-8 Osborne Street, Newmarket

East Tamaki welcomes a bright new cafe. Photo / Supplied

Duck Island
Right next door to Camper is another sweet pit stop sure to make Osbourne St popular over summer. Ice cream slinger Duck Island has opened its second Auckland outpost and it’s a much bigger space than Ponsonby, so there’s more time to browse/sample the delicious flavours. It’s dreamy too with dusty pink walls, tiled countertop and fairy lights. 2-8 Osborne St, Newmarket

Bar Celeste 
We’ve been charmed by the neo-French, bistro-style pop-up parties put on by La Peche, so it’s with much anticipation we welcome their first permanent location. This latest project, Celeste, is in the old Revel Cafe site on Karangahape Rd and will offer the same no-fuss French food, natural wine, and much more. Already the crowds are packing in with the whole baked flounder a popular table choice. 146 Karangahape Rd, City

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