HeritageTalks: Greys Avenue Chinese Restaurants with André Taber


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland City Centre

Whare Wānanga, L2
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Wednesday 17 May 2023




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Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 4-2030, photographer: J D Richardson

In 1925 Greys Avenue’s Nam King restaurant was the first restaurant in New Zealand recorded to advertise chop suey.

Previously Greys Avenue had been home to eating houses which had been sign-less and quietly serving Cantonese home-style cooking to Chinese Aucklanders.

This new development marked a transition towards serving food aimed at non-Chinese customers.

This talk will look at the cheap and cheerful Golden Dragon and the more upmarket Chunking Café.

After the Greys Avenue Chinatown was demolished, the next generation of Auckland Chinese eateries included the Tai Tung, Kam Sang, Hong Kong, Peking and Wun Loy.

About the speaker
André Taber is a researcher and writer who left behind the world of food journalism (freelance reporting, feature writing, and restaurant reviewing for several outlets, two books on New Zealand food) to specialise in food history.

He is the recipient of a Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust grant for his current research. He reviews food books for ketebooks.co.nz and is also a walking food history tour guide in his local neighbourhood of Ponsonby.


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