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Modern Māori fusion opens in Grey Lynn - Pūhā & Pākehā


With New Zealand’s native ingredients continuing to enjoy a renaissance, the owners of the popular Pūhā & Pākehā food truck are about to add an eatery to their stable.

Known for their modern Māori fusion fare, Pūhā & Pākehā’s new Grey Lynn eatery, opening October 10, will give customers a permanent spot in which to enjoy their take on traditional Māori kai and its unique flavours.

The original Pūhā & Pākehā food truck was established in 2014 by husband and wife team, Jarrad and Belinda Mckay, two home cooks who say they are passionate about re-engaging New Zealanders with Māori kai.

Belinda says as their business grew in popularity, it became evident they needed a permanent base for customers to find their Pūhā & Pākehā menu favourites.

“The eatery’s offering will be the same ‘street food’ that’s been so well received in our caravan over the last few years, but customers will also now have a casual, relaxed space in which to enjoy that food,” she says.

The eatery will offer some of the most popular dishes from the caravan, such as their tua tua fritters with kina chili chive mayo, kūmara and coconut bites, and the Aotearoa reuben sandwich, as well as some new creations, including piko piko & edamame bites with kawakawa tahini dressing, and a hāpuku raw fish salad.

Those with a sweet tooth will also be delighted by the desserts on offer, including a kawakawa meringue, rēwena bread trifle and the sensational fried bread ice cream sandwich with mānuka caramel sauce.

Also new to the eatery is a milkshake selection, featuring the flavours of marmite & chocolate, strawberry & horopito and pōhutukawa caramel.

Jarrad says he and Belinda are looking forward to re-introducing more Kiwis to the country’s native ingredients through Pūhā & Pākehā’s new eatery.

“Our vision (kaupapa) for the business has always been to engage people with Māori kai,” he says. “We feel that having this kai presented in new and modern ways in a warm, welcoming environment will do exactly that.”

Styled as a ‘fast casual’ eatery, Pūhā & Pākehā’s inviting interiors blend traditional touches with a modern feel. New Zealand themes abound, with native timber and plants, as well as pieces of Māori and retro kiwiana art adorning the walls, while natural elements of the building have been retained, including a red brick feature wall and concrete plastered walls.

Sustainability is a key focus; the eatery’s furniture has been made or upcycled from second hand materials and every dish, dine in or takeaway, is served with a compostable plate, cup, cutlery or container.

Local music also features heavily and there is a guitar on hand for customers to pick up and play. Singing waiata is culturally significant for Māori and is a way for guests to reciprocate the hospitality shown by their hosts.

The outdoors area follows a similar theme and will also house the original Pūhā & Pākehā caravan when it’s not at an event.

Moving to the Grey Lynn premises also gives Pūhā & Pākehā a larger production kitchen to keep up with the growing catering side of their business.

The caravan will continue to be available for catering, parties and weddings, and will remain a fixture at some of their favourite markets and events around Auckland.

The eatery space will be available to hire as a venue during the day and outside of opening hours for team meetings and product or client presentations – perfect for those looking for onsite catering as well as a small venue.

Pūhā & Pākehā – the eatery will open in Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, on Wednesday, October 10.

All dishes on the menu range in price from $8 - $14, and will be available either dine in or take away.

For more information, see www.puhaandpakeha.co.nz and keep up with news for the eatery and caravan at: facebook.com/puhapakeha or instagram.com/puhapakeha.

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