After going on a month-long holiday in July, my wallet and credit card took a major beating. So despite being in Auckland for Restaurant Month, I have been staying in for the sake of my bank account. Yet, the temptation of Street Eats was too much, so my friend and I ventured out to Queens Wharf to see what it’s all about.
We decided to start early, so got to the venue about 15 minutes after it opened and we were so glad that we did as people were quickly rolling in. The Grill by Sean Connelly with their duck fat chips and wagyu burger was a popular choice, the line for ordering was extending by the minute. The burger had a juicy pattie and was accompanied with pickles and chipotle mayonnaise. The toasted bun was perfect. It was a filling meal, and for $10 it was one of the best value dish from the event.
The popularity for Orleans was evident during the event as the line for the cashier went from one end of the building to the other. But their kitchen was moving at a much quicker speed so their pulled pork po boys and chicken & waffles were flying out the kitchen. Served in a handheld cone, the chicken & waffles are served as bite size, perfect for eating on the go! At $8, the size was a tad less than what I expected but taste-wise, it is worth every cent! Orleans can do no wrong.
Other restaurants that were participating include Food Truck Garage, Mexico, Bellota, Ima Cuisine, Urban Turban, Y Not and L’Assiette.
We filled up pretty quickly, so we left just after noon. It was great timing as queues for all the stalls were growing exponentially. It was a good event but there were limited options when it comes to vegetarian dishes and the place was very crowded. Although we knew it was a family friendly event, the amount of prams amongst the crowd can be rather dangerous for children, especially when you mix in hot food and beverage.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. It is great seeing free food events in Auckland and I look forward to attending next year!