Heads up bakery lovers, there’s a new joint in town!
Introducing the latest venture from the talented Hip Group – Amano bakery. Located in Britomart, you can now get your daily fix of artisan breads, sandwiches, sweet treats, pizza by the slice and salads.
I visited Amano last week for lunch and was excited to try out their offerings. Walking in, I loved everything about this new bakery – the well-stocked small space, the heavenly smell of freshly baked bread, the clever design and hanging wheat feature (look up when you step inside), the friendly and welcoming manager I chatted to while I was there and the staff member who didn’t mind explaining each offering and the ingredients used, as I seriously couldn’t decide on just one thing!
So, I ordered a slice of pizza, a salad and a choux pastry bun.
The pizza by the slice was high on my list – it is not like traditional pizza, as it is made by slowly fermenting the dough, and is more in the style of focaccia bread. The salami, provolone and oregano was a winner and made me salivating for more!
Their takeaway salads also looked appetising and the combination of iceberg lettuce, poached egg, mozzarella, pancetta and walnuts caught my eye, mainly because of how badly I wanted to pierce the yolk! The ingredients all worked well together and it tasted great.
For dessert, I was eyeing up one of their choux pastry buns. With a decadent chocolate like mousse filling, covered in choux pastry and topped with rich chocolate ganache, I couldn’t fault it.
I’ve since been back this week to try their breakfast offerings, and one of their doughnuts. While their savoury offerings are abundant, I couldn’t go past one of their yoghurt cups – three different combinations, including one topped with granola, giant hazelnuts and feijoas. I also chose a vanilla creme doughnut, which I thought lacked flavour and presentation (compared to other doughnuts around). However, I loved the yoghurt cup! It was creamy, crunchy and sweet – my ideal breakfast.
And if the above is not enough to tempt you, here’s a taste of what you may also find at Amano:
– Handcrafted loaves and buns (I like the sound of the kumara sourdough);
– A takeaway breakfast station featuring three types of porridge and your choice of sliced breads with a variety of toppings;
– Croissants, croque monsieurs and savoury buns;
– Fresh sandwiches including a pork and pancetta meatball and provolone cheese number which I am yet to try;
– Delectable sweet treats such as friands, tarts and a range of pastries; and
– All Press coffee, with the option of fresh buffalo milk or homemade macadamia nut milk, plus cold pressed juices.
And the best thing about all this delicious food is that it is handmade onsite, fresh every day. Always a bonus!!!
I am so happy that Amano has opened. The food is top notch and the manager and staff are the most friendly and welcoming bunch I’ve come across this year. It is also a great addition to Britomart, and makes it even more so my favourite area in the heart of the city.
68 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland CBD
Open 7 days, 6.30am to 4pm
Recommended: a yoghurt cup for breakfast, slices of pizza for lunch and a choux bun for a sweet finish