For when all else seems wrong in life, at least there’s cheese. We have strayed so far from the traditional Italian pasta that we are knee-deep in truffle-three-cheese-white-sauce, but that’s not a bad place to be. Please either your carb-cravings or your friends with a simple palate that can’t handle spice, and head out to one of our top picks for mac and cheese in Auckland.
This isn’t strictly a mac and cheese dish, but you won’t be disappointed. The 911 from Al’s Deli is a jumbo burger stuffed with all the things your personal trainer wouldn’t want to know about. The mac and cheese pours out of the towering burger in all its cheesy glory, along with a juicy beef patty, caramelised onions, bacon, white truffle and yes, more cheese. For one of those slow-Sundays, call on this humble Canadian diner for a mammoth burger.
Jervois Steak House
Mac and cheese can be sophisticated too. Jervois Steak House impresses in fields beyond their famous steaks. The sides here are outstandingly flavour-full, and the mac and cheese is no exemption. Each forkful gives you the strong hit of the truffle you crave when you see a white sauce. The modest servings leave you enough room to try multiple sides and enjoy your steak. However, if you are a huge mac and cheese fiend and aren’t big on sharing, order a second.
Wednesday’s from 5pm–Morepork is your stomping ground. Morepork have a regular mac and cheese side on their menu but if you are around Ponsonby on a Wednesday evening, pop over for their loaded mac and cheese special menu. By loaded, they really mean loaded, the options prove absolutely everything goes with white sauce. “The Beefy One” packed with smoked brisket, mushrooms, caramelised onions, and blue cheese is an honourable mention but with toppings ranging from seafood to pulled pork or a fried egg, the decision isn’t easy.
Mortar and Pestle
Takapuna locals, check out your new neighbourhood cafe. With cornflake crusted french toast – Mortar and Pestle are incredibly inventive with their menu, so if you’re on the shore, do us a favour and pop by to delve into the mac and cheese stuffed croissants. Quietly hidden on the lunch menu, the dish is a must-try for mac and cheese lovers. Think deep-fried mac and cheese balls in a warm croissant with a poached egg. The elements of truffle oil, parmesan, and their tangy Napolitana sauce give your taste buds so many elements to distinguish and excite over, even before you’ve cut into the crispy bites you came here for.
You thought you knew everything about mac and cheese-But have you thrown it in the deep fryer and laden it with chipotle? Miss Moonshine’s mac and cheese balls are the fellas you needed to keep your BBQ meat company. The crispy coating and creamy cheese sauce are the perfect complement to one another as you dunk it in the chipotle for a little surprise kick. The mood lighting and cool American barbeque style of the place make it a great dinner location for your non-vegan mates.