While Auckland doesn’t have an official Chinatown like a lot of metropolitan cities around the world, Balmoral is generally accepted by most Aucklanders to be exactly that. Sitting a little further outside the inner-city suburbs, Balmoral (specifically the area around the corner of Dominion Road and Balmoral Road) is still easily accessible by a short bus ride from the city. And if you’re looking for some of Auckland’s tastiest and most authentic Asian food, then it’s more than worth the journey.
Balmoral’s favourite dumpling houses include – but are definitely not limited to – New Flavour Restaurant and Barilla Dumpling. If you’re in the mood for a noodle soup, Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles is another great option, or head upstairs to Go Go Music Cafe for a surreal mix of Eastern food and Western-themed décor. Like, very Western—think cowboys.
Hiding in between the smorgasbord of Asian eating houses in Balmoral, you’ll find the beautiful suburban movie theatre, Capitol Cinema. This small historic cinema screens all types of films from all over the world, and is the perfect place to relax after a big plate of dumplings. If you’re in the area during the day, head across the road to Potters Park for a round of basketball, a quick swing, or just to lay back and relax in the grass.
Top Tip Places like Barilla and New Flavour are very very popular and, as a result, can get very very busy – especially on the weekends. If you’re looking for a quiet plate of dumplings, probably best to avoid Balmoral on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
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