Eating out in Auckland is a delight. Choices cover all manner of cuisines and there is something sure to delight every palette. I have always been a fan of Turkish cuisine and when I spotted Cafe Midnight Express Auckland right across from the Sky Tower it piqued my interest and drew me across the street. I quickly checked out the TripAdvisor reviews (#13 of 1736) on my phone and the deal was sealed. Faster than you could say ‘table for two please’ we were seated and perusing the menu. Read on for all the details …
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Cafe Midnight Express Auckland Overview
It’s hard to miss the intricate blue tiles that cover the facade of Cafe Midnight Express Auckland. This striking feature sets the scene for what is to come and the busy Victoria St location was just around the corner from CityLife Auckland where we stayed. Construction dominates the surrounding area, but don’t let it put you off. Auckland’s CBD is undergoing a transformation and is going to be awesome, but right now you just have to kinda make the best of it. Once inside, we realised it was quite busy which surprised us on a Monday night. We were escorted to a table towards the back and scanned our surroundings. I loved the rustic feel, exposed brick and quirky light fittings which created a welcoming unpretentious space. The menu at Cafe Midnight Express Auckland is a fusion of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes and the $25 two course special from Sunday – Tuesday is hard to beat. We had eaten breakfast in the Emirates Lounge in Sydney earlier in the day and followed that up with a three course lunch in business class on our Emirates A380 flight to Auckland so we were trying to limit the damage as much as possible. I was thrilled when the staff allowed us to share the $25 special. I swear we are not cheapskates! We just knew we couldn’t possibly eat that much food!
What We Ate
First things first. I needed wine and got that happening almost as soon as I sat down. The Hubs loves to try different beers when we travel and as we were in a Turkish restaurant he decided to sample the local brew. He loved the Efes. Later on in our NZ road trip he found Babaganush in Hamilton also served his new favorite brew and he was hooked. So much so, that we have been trying to track it down in Sydney ever since we landed which is no easy feat. It seems Dan Murphy’s used to stock it but that is no longer the case. Beers of The World currently have it on for $50 (down from $70) and will deliver it to you door (for $27 mind you!) which makes it a pretty pricey case. The search continues, but suffice to say when we were at Cafe Midnight Express Auckland he ordered a few.
We decided to order some garlic Turkish bread while we perused the menu. It was blow your head off strong and I’m glad that we both ate it because we certainly relived the memories the next day. They also have plain Turkish bread which may be a safer choice.
The $25 2 course special at Cafe Midnight Express Auckland includes a main and your choice of either an entrée or dessert. We chose the entrée and settled on the Calamari. I’m not a seafood eater and Calamari is one of the few things from the sea that passes my lips. We waited ages for our food to arrive even though other diners seated after us were happily munching away (I always notice these things don’t you?). After a while our server arrived and offered an apology. It seems our entrée went to the wrong table. She offered to bring both our entrée and main at the same time but we declined. The calamari rings were small but tasty and could have done with a heftier sprinkling of pepper. The dish was supposed to be served with aioli but it was distinctly absent from out plate so we made do with the lemon wedge.
For main we chose the classic Turkish dish Kofte. It was divine. I expected the combination of lamb and beef mince to be served on a skewer but when the plate arrived the meatballs were nestled atop a bed of fluffy rice. Fine by me, as I always slide them off anyway. The three generous Kofte were topped with a tasty tomato based sauce and drizzled with yoghurt. The side salad was a nice accompaniment and thoughtfully dressed. I would have ordered a flat bread to wrap the delicious morels in if it was an option.
The Final Word
I loved Cafe Midnight Express Auckland. This charming authentic restaurant delivered superb value, convenience and deliciousness right when we needed it. They must be doing something right to be so busy on a Monday night and all those Trip Advirsor reviews can’t be wrong. Do yourself a favour and just go. If you are heading to NZ for the first time, check out my New Zealand essentials post which offers helpful advice for planning the perfect trip,
Do you like Turkish cuisine? Have you been to Cafe Midnight Express Auckland? Let me know in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I paid for my meal at Cafe Midnight Express Auckland in full and as always, all opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link that may earn me a few cents commission if a qualifying purchase is made.
Psssst … If you know where I can pick up a slab of Efes in South West Sydney I am all ears ….
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