Being based in Kingsland has many perks — close proximity to the CBD, better parking and being among Auckland's finest hispters, where they are born from coffee beans. New North Road eateries have also made themselves know in both the Metro Best Cafés and Metro Cheap Eats. Thing is, having done Husk lunches for three years, we still have not managed to properly document every one. It's easy to be swept along by the hype of the new cafes, but now we're planning to review each and every one, even the good favourites we take for granted. Neighbourhood Brew Bar is one of five Mac's bars in Auckland (nine in New Zealand and counting). Known for their historic, eclectic décor (upside-down lamps hanging from the ceiling amongst a myriad of vintage books and stuffed pheasants), we also love the Saul-Bass-esque typography featured in their menus, beer labels and wall art — a contemporary touch nonetheless. Seating ranged from the sun-drenched patio with bright cushions and a concrete fireplace to an intimate library room with soft couches and ottomans. The food, as you'd expect, is a hearty selection of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, burgers and roasts. Some will complain that it's 'man-food'; others classify it as 'real food' or a contemporary take on ‘pub food'. You be the judge.
Katie had the half 1/2 roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, plums and pine nuts. She said 'Loved the little nook n' crannies hidden around the space â€” the outdoor fireplace, the solitary library set up and the communal tables. Someone gimme a beer.'
Mel had the calamary and a sparkling elderberry. She said 'For quite a large space, there was plenty of atmosphere and visually very fun. Being outside by the fireplace would be lovely. The food was good but I could have done with a side of salad or fries!'
Joe had the half chicken and a hopt soda. He said 'Was expecting pub food, got much better than that.'
Annie had the potato gnocchi with a side of beetroot. She said 'Exceeded expectations. Delicious gnocchi and sauce, though it would have been great with more salad to balance out the starchiness.'