Auckland could always use another bakery, fact.
With a stellar suburban line-up that currently includes the likes of 4&20 and Wild Wheat, to name but a few, when we learned that Point Chev would be next to welcome a deliciously doughy new addition, we got pretty excited.
The latest endeavour from the team behind Orphan's Kitchen, Daily Bread is quite literally a shrine to all things gloriously glutenous. Show up bright and early for your morning fix of Coffee Supreme, and you'll be greeted by rows upon rows of freshly baked pastries, traditional sourdough, kumara, fermented oat or seeded bread. It's little wonder why the team here have punters forming an orderly line out front, on the daily.
The story behind the bread is one you won't hear everyday. During our visit, 22nd generation German baker Patrick Welzenbach is busy at work behind the counter, kneading, rolling and prepping for the next burst of carb-craving customers.
Outside, the connecting courtyard allows the masses to stay, eat-in and graze awhile, with a scrumptious runlist of trendy toasts selling out like hotcakes. At 12.30pm on a Wednesday, we're told the kitchen have "run out of tomatoes" so opt for the zingy carrot kimchi and pumpkin seed butter on lentil loaf instead. Among the heartier offerings, tasty interpretations of bodega-friendly classics like –The Reuben – lashes of wagyu brisket pastrami, gouda, kawakawa sauerkraut and mustard – provide a worthy lunch option.
While Daily Bread is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, service is slow and the staff are still finding their footing. But much like the spelt-laden seeded bread on offer here, with a pedigree like this, we don't doubt that in time this little bakery will rise to the occasion.
1210 Great North Road,
Monday – Sunday, 7am until 3pm.