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A dollar can go a long way if you spend it wisely—think fish 'n chips, cuisine from the Middle East or Southeast Asia, or hearty food truck fare. Here's where to get the best bang for your Kiwi buck.
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18 Commerce St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The White Lady is where you go when all the other places you'd usually go you can’t go to. Burgers galore, a little pricey, but when it’s 3:37am and you’re starving and not making much sense suddenly it seems a good idea to stop off at this fast...
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Newbury St, Manukau, Auckland 2023, New Zealand
Saturday morning and this is the place to be to get a true slice of the Pacific. The Otara Flea Markets have rows and rows of fresh fruit, clothing, bric-a-brac and of course food, but it's the Polynesian colour and music that makes it so special....
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515 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham, Auckland 1025, New Zealand
I've loved Satya since they were in Hobson St and I made my girlfriend wear a big winter coat not knowing she was going to a hot Indian restaurant. Suffice to say the staff had a good laugh about it, and in their new locations (there are now four)...
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City Works Depot, 1/90 Wellesley St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
An offshoot of a popular cooking TV program of the same name, the relatively new Food Truck Garage in Auckland's CBD is a bit of a find. They say they serve "New Zealand's healthiest fast food," and who am I to argue? The truck from the program...
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10 Durham St E, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
There are now a few Renkons across Auckland, but the one I love is in Durham St East. There's nothing like ordering some chilli beef, sitting outside on a bench with a beer from MyBar next door, and waiting only minutes before your food arrives....
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28 Customs St W, Auckland, Franklin 1010, New Zealand
Apparently dumplings are the new sushi. Pork & peanut, prawn, cabbage and even sharks' fin (yes I know) are just some of the choices in the biggest Yum Cha place I know, the Grand Harbour. Extra fast service, enough dim sum to fill you up, and...
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106 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Thankfully not everywhere on Ponsonby Road will cost you an arm and a leg to eat at, and the Ponsonby Food Court can match any wallet with any menu. A real international gathering - think UN kitchen - it veers towards Asian eateries with some...
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1A Beachfront Lane, Browns Bay, Auckland 0630, New Zealand
Not so much a restaurant meal but more a Kiwi classic that can be picked up at any Fish 'n' Chips store across Auckland. Always wrapped in paper, often battered, sometimes lemony, every Aucklander has their favourite shop. Snapper, hapuka,...