Doe Donuts is now at Commercial Bay
Shenine Dube and Grace Tauber have built a sizable and dedicated following since they launched their Cook Island-inspired doughnut business in 2016. From today, there’s no need to pre-order online if you stop by Commercial Bay for a doughnut to go from their brand new permanent store in the Harbour Eats food hall. Open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, the shop will stock all the Doe favourites. In the morning, this will be the simpler flavours such as vanilla glaze, cinnamon sugar, chocolate and white chocolate, and from lunchtime they’ll deliver filled doughnuts from their Grey Lynn bakery – banoffee pie, we’re looking at you. Get down today for a complimentary coffee with any doughnut order. 7 Queen Street, Auckland CBD.
Fankery is popping up in Mount Eden
Rising bakery business Fankery started as Cathy Fan’s home hobby during lockdown in 2021, and she founded it as a business in late 2022, moving into a commercial kitchen by November. A full-time engineer, she juggles Fankery on the side – and it’s going strong, thanks to her adorable sweets imbued with Asian-fusion flavours. This Saturday and Sunday, Fankery is doing another pop-up at the Esse store in Mount Eden’s Bloc shopping precinct. Head along for cheesecakes including fan-favourite honey pistachio, a new Thai milk tea flavour, ube, and double chocolate – plus, mochi-filled slices and an assortment of mooncakes. June 3 & 4, 10am–2pm, at Esse, 20 Normanby Road, Mount Eden.
Vondel launches family-style Sunday roasts for winter
Starting on Sunday, June 11 and running every second Sunday during the winter months, Devonport neighbourhood eatery Vondel will be hosting a family-style roast dinner. There will be one table, 25 tickets and three courses – and the Vondel team will be sitting down with diners to enjoy the feast. Tickets are $70 for food only, and $95 total for a food and beer or wine pairing. From Sunday, June 11. Food served at 5.30pm. Buy tickets here or call (09) 446 6444.
A special Suntory whisky tasting at Seafarers
Two decades after her iconic film Lost in Translation was released, featuring Bill Murray’s character starring in an advert for Suntory, Sofia Coppola has directed a cinematic advertisement for the whisky brand to celebrate its 100th anniversary (starring Keanu Reeves, this time). Whisky fans in Auckland have the chance to experience special Suntory Time tastings at Tommy’s in the Seafarers Building, with four events at the end of June led by New Zealand’s House of Suntory Brand Ambassador Rory Donnelly. You’ll watch Coppola’s short film, learn about the history of the individual distilleries, and taste a range of whiskies including the limited-edition 100-year anniversary Yamazaki, valued at $4599 per bottle. The tasting will be paired with dishes by Ebisu and Azabu’s executive chef, Darren Johnson. June 23, 24, 29 & 30. Level 6, 52 Tyler St, Auckland. Tickets here.
It's No.7 bar's first birthday
With its pared-back offering and tucked-away location off Pitt Street, No.7 is a hidden gem that's amassed a loyal following since it opened a year ago. Head along this Saturday, June 3 to celebrate with a can of VB, a glass of natural wine or a quenching pink Cosmopolitan. 7/59 Pitt Street, Newton 1010.
Aigo Noodle Bar opens in Newmarket
David Lee’s popular Ponsonby diner, Aigo, has been humming since it opened last November. Now, he's brought the formula to Newmarket, opening in a space formerly occupied by The Candy Shop (also part of Lee’s Namu stable), with some elevated tweaks and new dishes – including Korean pizza and pancetta tteokbokki (a gnocchi-style play on the Korean rice cakes). Read more about the new opening here.