Friday 25 April 2014
Howard has decided to get up early this morning and head up to Parnell to the War Memorial and watch the morning service. As he heads over I have a lazy day morning in bed catching up with emails etc.
The highlight was the flyover of some old World War II fighters including a Spitfire and a Hurricane. When he returns to collect me, we catch the City Link bus back to Parnell for lunch. We actually end up at a pizza place called Archie’s Restaurant in Newmarket.
We have a big dinner planned tonight so we decide to walk back to the hotel skirting the Domain and then straight down Queen Street past the amassed collection of Asian restaurants of Queen Street. Note to self “must explore this area more next trip”.
Tonight we are visiting two of our very favourite places in Auckland, in Ponsonby actually. Tin Soldier for oysters and pre dinner drinks and then on to Ponsonby Road Bistro for dinner.
Tin Soldier is a hip little bar/restaurant that we found on our last trip to Auckland, a few beverages later we take the short stroll to Ponsonby Road Bistro. Its Friday night and packed. We are seated at a little table, next to us is a couple sitting side by side on the padded bench seat (inches from me) in the throws of a passionate embrace. They seperate briefly when their food comes but quickly return to each others arms as they try to perform oral tonsillectomies on each other. Jeeze get a room!
Later in the night (they are still at it, clothes may be removed soon) as the room starts to clear the hostess delicately moves us to another table “where we might be more comfortable”.
Our meal is spectacular, as always. The highlight of the meal is the desert cocktail “The Last Miaow” a delightful combination of Gontier Calvados, Alvear Pedro Ximenez, dark chocolate, cream and Valrhona Pearls.