The best part about traveling is trying local cuisine. As a celiac with food allergies, I find it easy to travel by cooking my own meals, but eating local food rarely happens. However, when in New Zealand, you’ve got to try fish and chips. And, that’s why I was so lucky to find the Ancient Mariner in Auckland, where everything is “Kiwi as Fish-n-Chips!”
Now, they have a dedicated gluten free fryer and take precautions against cross contact in their kitchen. And, I know what you’re thinking but their fish and chips (and any items going in the fryer) are also dairy free.
Before we get to the food, if you hopped on over to their website, you’d notice the nautical theme. And, that runs through the store too. I thought it was really cute.
Cute Nautical Atmosphere
Side Note: Since a lot of the business is takeaway there are only a few tables and benches inside, but I always found place to sit!
If that first picture didn’t have your mouth watering, it’s time to talk about the food! You can order the same fish and chips options as the regular menu to come out of the gluten free fryer. There’s different fish offered each day depending upon what’s fresh. (Remember the fish were swimming on the coast of New Zealand before they were caught.)
I’m not a fish and chips expert. From my travels, I know that Brits don’t tend to consider the Aussie and Kiwi fish and chips to be “true fish and chips.” However, I found it quite tasty. And, if you’d like a taste of true Kiwi fish and chips, then the Ancient Mariner should be on your list. Everything was crisp, fresh, and celiac safe! On my 2.5 days on North Island, I managed to dine here twice!
Finally, the Ancient Mariner is readily accessible. (Sometimes when I travel the celiac friendly places are miles away from the city center.) However, the Ancient Mariner is right by Mt. Eden, a short walk up a hill that I highly recommend. It gives you a stunning view of Auckland even on a cloudy day.
There’s a grassy scoria cone up top from a dormant volcano. If it wasn’t a sacred site, it would make for the ultimate hill to roll down. Or, imagine it on a sled! (But, if you do visit, please don’t roll down it.)
Have you been to the Ancient Mariner? Auckland? What’s your favorite celiac friendly restaurant you’ve found while traveling?