Food Exploration Around Auckland – Elliot Stables and the Foodstore28 April, 2011
Feeling hungry after SkyJumping 190 metres from the Sky Tower, the Elliot Stables which is just a 6 minutes walk from the Auckland SkyCity Grand Hotel, is a great place to enjoy different types of food e.g. crepes, pasta, sausages and even sushi all under one roof. This is the equivalent of a Singapore food court where you can order food from any stalls and sit anywhere you like – except the stalls here are like mini-restaurants themselves and you get to dine in a very stylish, elegant environment with an old world charm to it.
Prices at the Elliot Stables restaurants are also quite reasonable e.g. De Niro, an Italian restaurant offers $10 lunch pastas where you can choose from a selection of Spaghetti Bolognese, Penne Arabiata, Chicken Fettucini and more.
The Kapiti ice-cream is a must-have dessert after a satisfying main course at the Elliot stables. Prices start at $3.50 for a scoop. Try the Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch ~heavenly~ !
For a light snack, you can also savor a Banana Chocolate Crepes for $8.50 (top up $1.50 for a scoop of ice-cream in your crepes) at the Torchon French Creperie
Elliot Stables is open from Monday to Saturday from breakfast to late so take your time to settle into the eclectic wooden furniture, traverse the cobble stone floors and engage in Auckland’s epicurean temptations.
Map of Elliott Stables Epicurean Village
39 Elliott Street
Based at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, is New Zealand’s first unique live food entertainment experience – the Foodstore. With the country’s only true “open” and “interactive” kitchen you will get up close and personal with New Zealand’s best chefs as they create their culinary magic. At the Foodstore, you will experience creative menus using fresh, natural and organic New Zealand produce from local farmers with a focus on sustainability and the humane treatment of animals.
This is perhaps the only place where you can get to see the chefs preparing your meals. Even if you are not sitting near the kitchen, you get to see everything that’s happening there via the large screen TVs. Don’t worry about the smell of the food lingering in your clothes because there is none – I suspect the heavy cooking e.g. frying are done in another part of the kitchen whereas the visible part of the kitchen focuses on putting on the finishing touch to the dishes.
Depending on your appetite, you can order either the Starter or Main version of each dish. For example, the Classic Kiwi fish & chips with Monteith’s Original Ale batter & vinegar, tomato sauce & tartare comes in Starter size for $17 and Main size for $27. You get to enjoy the same good food but at a smaller serving if you choose the Starter – perfect if your group would like to sample the different dishes in Foodstore. The Braised lamb with pearl barley, fingerling kumara & salsa verde dish is just as good (Starter: $25; Main: $38). The dishes you see in the picture below are of Starter size – still looks quite substantial and very filling indeed.
Sometimes you can even see the Foodstore’s lead chefs – Wylie Dean and Mark Southon in action. For example in the top right of the picture above, you can see Mark Southon (in black) guiding his staff in preparing an oyster dish. They are quite friendly so say hi to them or you can even take a picture with them during their rest periods – when they are not cooking, they are usually by the Foodstore bar, chilling or doing some work on their laptop.
Map of Foodstore
Phone: 09 377 0125
Address: Market Square, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland