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31. Welcome Eatery

In celebration of Auckland Restaurant Month, I will be posting 31 quick-fire reviews on 31 restaurants and cafes in the Auckland CBD and city fringe.


The atmosphere is…welcome
A big space with business customers and very cheery staff. Their mantra is “Fast, Fresh & Friendly”. Some nice graphic elements (hand painted lettering) if you are into that sort of thing (I am).

Come here for…
Big smiles and a big feed. A good place to take clients to for a bite, coffee and a little work.

The most interesting thing on the menu…

  • Polenta with bean ragu and goats cheese

Unexpectedly wonderful…

  • Braised beef cheek sandwich, juicy and tender.

I would come back to try…

  • Some of the nice looking cabinet food.
    Client meetings with good food.

Catering to…
Breakfast and lunch office workers. The menu is short but evolving. Healthy and raw options. Heaps of cabinet food. Plenty of vegetarian options.

Expect to spend…
$10-$20 per person

The service is…
Overwhelmingly friendly. Very attentive.

Avoid if…
Friendly strangers frighten you.

Welcome Eatery
Orion Building, 181 Grafton Road, Grafton
Open weekdays only


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  1. Natallia aka Miss Bear says

    I looooove Welcome eatery 🙂 lucky it is just around the corner from my work. Food there is soo good! I tried polenta with beans ragu last time too, delish!

    • Ummm…without sounding stalkerish, Welcome Eatery is around the corner from my work too. I really like the beef cheek sandwich. Way too much food for lunch, but really good.

      • Natallia aka Miss Bear says

        Hehe 🙂 I was really tempted to go there for lunch today, but rain put me off a bit. Also I totally agree that it’s a good place for meetings. Very nice vibe and great staff.

  2. Charlotte says

    Well done Genie! It’s been so much fun reading your daily reviews for the past month. It can’t have taken a small amount of organization to blog everyday for 31 days straight! And I really appreciate both learning about new dishes at familiar restaurants and new places to check out. Thank you:)

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