A new menu at Chaat Street, Wellington
The menu at the capital’s red-and-turquoise-tinted Indian street food joint has had a refresh, with owner and chef Vaibhav Vishen exploring what he says are India’s lesser-exposed culinary regions. One dish is a medium-rare, peppery fried steak inspired by Kerala’s love of beef and served with onions and crispy lentils. Another is his take on a kathi roll – a paratha wrap with fillings. In this case, it comes with juicy crumbed fish, dried chilli chutney, coriander and curry leaves. The most popular dishes are staying – so you can still get your aloo tikki chaat, the chole bhature and keema pav, but now there’s a host of fresh flavours to pair them with. @chaatstreetnz
Passa Passa is having an East St Hall summer
Dan Pinto of Italian street food pop-up Passa Passa has been building a profile with regular events over the last year and a half. Now, you can be sure to find him in one place until at least December, with his new weekly residency at Auckland’s East St Hall starting tomorrow. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm, Pinto will be serving pizzettas with toppings like leek, lemon and taleggio (with optional pancetta, prosciutto or ‘nduja); or anchovies, tomato and pickled cucumber – as well as small plates such as orange and fennel salad with parsley, and stracciatella with anchovies and herbs. Plant-based bakery The Lophie Project will be on desserts; first up, it’s a chocolate tart with mascarpone, sherry and vanilla. From Friday, September 15. 5 East Street, Auckland CBD.
New openings for Burger Burger
With six locations already between Auckland, Christchurch and Mount Maunganui, Burger Burger announced two more venues this week – one that’s now open in Torbay on the North Shore, and another soon to arrive in Waikato. Located at 932 Beach Road, Waiake, Burger Burger Torbay is a 120-seater that faces right onto the beach – and it’s also the location of its new adjacent store Tuckshop, which sells coffee by Supreme, toast with toppings by Fix & Fogg, smoothies from Bowl and Arrow, and more breakfast-friendly treats. Burger Burger’s Waikato store will be opening soon in upcoming precinct Made Hamilton – it’s set to be a 75-seat space overlooking the river with an outdoor deck. burgerburger.co.nz
Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with delicious kai
There are many ways to mark this year’s Māori Language Week, officially running until September 17 – including those that revolve around eating or making tasty kai inspired by traditional Māori cooking methods. Cornerstone baking brand Edmonds has released a full te reo Māori version of its kids’ recipe book My First Cookbook, named Edmonds Taku Puka Tohutao Tuatahi. The book has been translated with partners Kotahi Rua Pukapuka Trust and publisher Hachette, and also contains seven new recipes by Mumma’s Kitchen founder Kirsten Holtz – including parāoa parai (Māori fried bread) and pihikete whetū (star biscuits). There’s an English glossary if you aren’t fluent, and it’s a great chance to get little ones started early with te reo Māori. If you’re in Auckland, head to Britomart at lunchtime this Friday and Saturday for a hāngī lunch by the hāngī master Rewi Spraggon – or up to Elie Assaf at Pitt Street’s Lebanese Grocer for a special shawarma with kawakawa lamb, wātakiriki (watercress), charred pickled puka (cabbage) and horopito tahini.