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EVERYTHING IS $8?! Bang for your buck eating in AUCKLAND

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has an amazing dining scene- one that suits all budgets. In this 2 part series we take you behind the scenes and into the kitchens of 6 restaurants which offer bang for your buck and a dining experience which is great value given the quality of food, service and atmosphere. These are some of our favourite restaurants- ones we return to time and time again for their great food, vibe and service.

What we ate and where we ate it:

All $8…
Pork belly fries
Slow cooked black pepper beef cheek
Banana leaf salmon with Thai chilli sauce
Abalone & squid with soy
Sweet and sour egg tofu
Hao’s chilli chicken
Golden crusted shrimp with mayo
Lucky 8 dumplings
Spicy & sour cucumber salad
Spinach and peanuts
Chicken wings
Viet Dragon cocktail
Seoul Sipping cocktail

Lucky 8, 161 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011. Open Tuesday to Thursday 5:00pm to midnight, Friday to Sunday 12:00pm to midnight.

Dak gogi dubbap (gochugang chicken on rice) $21
Vegetarian bibimbap $18
Bulgogi dubbap $21

Ockhee, 171 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

Focaccia, rosemary, sea salt $6
Stracciatella, beetroot, white balsamic $20
Bitter leaves, salted ricotta, orange vinaigrette $12
Pici cacio e pepe $18
Fettuccine, marscapone, nduja $20

Pici, Shop 22, St Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010. Open Tuesday 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Sunday 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Massive thanks to Lucky 8 who refused to let us pay (!) and Pici who only let us pay for wine!
Everything is $8?! Bang for your buck eating in Auckland

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We’re Thomas and Sheena, food and travel fiends. We travel full time, hunting for the BEST local food in the world to showcase via our YouTube videos. Food is a window into a country's culture and one of the most exciting ways to get to know a place.

We're all about eating what and where the locals eat. You won't find food that's been created merely to be social media worthy on here- no rainbow bagels, gold leaf soft serves- just honest food that tastes incredible.

From street food to mom and pop restaurants, we want to show you the best food we find on our travels.

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