What is the best new restaurant in Auckland?

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Nicky Park

This month Auckland caved to the city’s calling for modern Chinese cuisine. The Blue Breeze Inn, on the Brown Street corner of Ponsonby Central, transports diners to a heavenly tropical oasis. The new kid on the block is brought to you by the hospitality powerhouse behind another local favourite, MooChowChow. At The Blue Breeze Inn, natural light floods in, exposing the Southern Asian slash 50s Pacific setting. Start off your meal with some freshly shucked oysters (NZ$6) then you must move on to the barbecue pork buns ($8). Even if you're not a fan of the traditional sweet meat treat, you'll be converted. The dandan noodle hot pot with braised beef ($26) is great if you want something all to yourself. Or share something spicy like the bang bang chicken ($18) or grilled Sichuan spiced lamb ribs ($30). The food is best matched with delicious wines from the biodynamic Marlboroough vineyard, Rock Ferry, or a fruity rum cocktail. This place also takes bookings (unlike a lot of local restaurants) so you can secure a seat at Auckland’s newest hot spot.

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