Culinary Adventures, Friday Favourites
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Friday Favourites 1: Salt Pepper Hapuka

Welcome to Friday Favourites! Every Friday I will post 1 favourite dish from 1 favourite restaurant.

Salt Pepper Hapuka at Canton Cafe

I dream about this dish all the time. Firm, bite sized chunks of  hapuka with a little chili and dice onion. This crunchy, boneless, deep fried number is never greasy. I can’t count the number times I’ve ordered this over the years but it’s always a winner.

Nici Wickes (World Kitchen) from The New Zealand Herald put Canton Cafe down as number 17 in her 50 dishes to die for article last year.

17. The Canton Cafe in Kingsland has heaps of great dishes but we reckon the standout is chilli ginger prawns, closely followed by their salt, pepper and chilli hapuka.

Canton Cafe is BYO with no corkage fee and is cramped, busy and noisy. Don’t come here for a romantic dinner. Do come here for cheap, fast, delicious food. Make sure you book ahead and allow some time to find that elusive Kingsland parking. All you can eat rice and tea to wash it all down. Expect to pay around $20-$25NZ per person.

Canton Cafe
477 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone +64 9 846 7888

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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.

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