136-146 Ponsonby Rd
(09) 361 3407
7am - late
What started in 2012 as a fancy chicken joint, a tiny little shop on Ponsonby Rd selling free-range rotisserie chooks and punchy, fresh salads, has become something of an Auckland institution, with flagship restaurants in Takapuna and Ponsonby.
At it’s heart, the ethos of Bird on a Wire is goodness, they strive to create food that’s good for your body, and leaves a minimal mark on the world. All their chooks are free range, sourced from one farm just out of Auckland. The salads are famously made fresh each day. They provide a multitude of vegetarian options for those on plant-based diets, and they support local suppliers and artisans in every way possible.
At the Ponsonby restaurant, the front section converts into a bar in the evening, catching the afternoon light and providing a perfect spot for a post-work tipple, just down the way from the much rowdier Blue Breeze Inn. At the back of the restaurant is a spacious, leafy dining area, where Bird’s delicious chicken can be consumed all day long. It’s perfect for families and large groups, because you can order a whole chook and a heap of sides and settle in – just like you would at home but with less effort and more atmosphere.
During the day, Bird on a Wire is a cafe, with a full breakfast menu that’s more about eggs than chicks. There’s a bird bowl packed with roasted kumura, quinoa, avocado, dukkah, hummus and a poached egg, or a breakfast board piled high with hot smoked salmon, tomato and feta, avocado and sourdough. For those with a morning sweet tooth, try the banana bread, topped with fresh banana, ricotta, candied walnuts and maple syrup, it’s swell.
You may now have the option of eating your Bird on a Wire in lush surroundings, but you still order it online and get it delivered – it’s one my favourite takeaway options in Auckland, all of the convenience with none of the guilt that sometimes comes with it.