A classic Kiwi childhood treat reimagined in the modern day is an exciting feature of New Zealand cuisine – and this week we discovered some of the very best adult-ised nostalgic treats in a popular little spot in Takapuna on the Auckland's North Shore.
Enter Franc's. Known for their comforting diner dishes such as their Louisiana Fried Chicken & Waffles and Chilli Caramel Pork Belly, Franc's is the place to head when you're in need of a warm hug via food.
As part of the Joylab Network, who have brought us gems including The Lula Inn and Goode Brothers, it goes without saying Franc's is a place of high-quality service, atmosphere, and food, parallel with their Joylab counterparts.
On to the menu, we caught wind of a few special items nestled into the menu at Franc's that we simply couldn't take our minds off.
The Takapuna diner is now serving up delicious treats in the ways of Fairy Bread milkshakes, Fried Chicken Burgers, a Peanut Butter & Jelly Old Fashioned, and Deep-Fried Mars Bars – YES, the old fish & chip shop classic!
Taking the gooey caramel chocolate bar and coating it in a delicious crumb, the bar comes out crunchy on the outside and absolutely hot and melted on the inside, paired perfectly with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and plenty of caramel to tie it all together.
This is one generously packed dish you'll want to split.
Wash it down with an equally sweet fairy bread shake. Taking the classic Kiwana treat of plain white bread smothered in butter and topped with hundreds and thousands sprinkles, Franc's has blitzed it into one of their famous freak-shakes, packing in all the elements and creating a drink you'll wish was bottomless.
If you're looking for something somewhere in the middle of a freak-shake and deep-fried Mars Bar, the Mars Bar hard-shake is a clear winner.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Franc's has taken their decadent dessert and turned it into a shake, complete with a dash of alcohol to amp it up.
All these treats and much more can be enjoyed in Franc's beautiful beachside eatery, overlooking the magnificent Takapuna Beach seating you just above the hustle and bustle of the crowds.
Don't waste any time getting yourself to Franc's, their specials only stick around for a limited time before you've missed your chance to taste them. You can book your table right here to ensure you don't miss out!