Avoid Those Winter Blues With These Comforting Dishes

Where the Viva team heads to when we need a cosy meal

A steaming bowl of pork wonton soup makes for great comfort food. Picture / 123RF

"When I’m in need of something warm and loving  or to nurse a cheeky hangover  I head to Golden Express at Ponsonby International Foodcourt and order the pork wonton soup. Hot broth, barbeque pork, plenty of stringy noodles, wontons and crunchy broccoli are the cure for, just about, anything."  Danielle Clausen, editorial assistant

"A hang-over from my days as an Auckland Uni student, Angie's Kitchen was the morning-after cure to all those nights spent at Shadows Bar. Just like a big warm hug, Angie who owns the kitchen makes fragrant braised beef noodle soup from scratch, the perfect pick-me-up for when the going gets tough." — Dan Ahwa, fashion editor
17 Mount St, Auckland Central

"When I need someting comforting to eat I crave the beef lasange at Papa's Pizza in Kingsland — we drive all the way from Browns Bay to go there — and I also love the chicken and cheese balls from Tanuki's Cave in the city."  Bailee Wilson-Yates, social media producer
61 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland; 319 Queen St, Auckland Central

"I'm a fan of the chicken and vegetable soup at Richmond Rd Cafe, the cauliflower and blue cheese soup at Il Buco, or a steaming bowl of chunky fries at the Takapuna Beach Cafe followed by a refreshing walk on the beach". — Janetta Mackay, beauty editor  
318 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn; 113 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby;  22 The Promenade, Takapuna

"Comfort food for me equals a toasted reuben sandwich from The Fed — pastrami with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and mustard, served between two slices of rye bread." — Lucy Casley, designer
86 Federal St, Auckland Central

"A plate of smokey char kway teow from Malaysian restaurant Selera in Newmarket hits the spot for me — it's always chock-full of prawns, flat rice noodles, egg, sprouts, chives and more." — Shandelle Battersby, lifestyle and commercial editor
487 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket 

"I love the fresh and delicious rare beef pho at Saigonz — a traditional Vietnamese fragrant beef noodle soup served with shavings of beef and garnished with bean sprouts, onion, spring onion coriander and a wedge of lemon." — Babiche Martens, photographer
105/40 Beach Rd, Auckland Central

"The indulgent macaroni and cheese with three cheeses, sundried tomato and feta from Jess' Underground Kitchen is classic comfort food; like my mum used to make...just a little bit fancier." — Zoe Walker, associate editor
203 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay

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