If you’re looking for a dining experience that will make layering up and braving Auckland’s winter worth it, keep reading.

While Netflix on the couch can be oh-so-appealing at this time of year, we think Teddy’s in Ponsonby is worth cutting that binge short for. Not only is it in the lively hub that is Ponsonby, but it also attracts a steady flow of revellers and trendy epicureans who create a vibrant atmosphere that will wake you up from any Gilead-induced zombie state.

When Rachel visited as a table of two for dinner, she started with the:

  • black bread panzanella salad tossed with ricotta, kale, tomato, radicchio and vincotto ($16);
  • steak tartare topped with quail yolk and a spicy aioli ($18); and
  • stack of chargrilled prawns layered with cos, cherry tomatoes and a rich, smoked golden beetroot ($20). This dish is a must-try!

From there, and while enjoying a glass of the Ash Ridge Chardonnay, she tried the dry aged sirloin with café de paris and shoestring fries ($32) and the celeriac gnocchi paired with wild mushrooms, chestnuts and autumn greens ($26). The steak was cooked perfectly and the gnocchi was soft with a smooth texture.

The finale came in the form of a lemon olive oil cake with a ginger chantilly cream ($15), which she advises is worth making the visit for on its own.

At Teddy’s you’ll find brand new interiors , super friendly staff and a delicious escape from the confines of your ugg boots and heat-pumped living room.

We think it’s a faultless spot to enjoy a casual wine and bite to eat during the week or to head to with a bunch of friends for a more spirited affair over the weekend (pun intended – their cocktails sound divine).

The Hadlow Girls x

Location: 23 Ponsonby road – Open 7 Days (and we’ve recently heard – this includes being open for bottomless brunch! Did someone say my name? (aka ‘Mimosa’))

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