Bird On A Wire Takapuna

Bird On A Wire’s Takapuna store officially opened in May, and also has locations in Ponsonby and two Downtown kiosks. Though young, all four owners Ben Grant, Sophie Gilmour, David Holmes and Camille Rope are already veterans of the hospitality scene. The owners felt the Fortieth & Hurstmere development would be a good opportunity to reach a new audience of customers. As they are passionate about connecting with all neighbourhoods where they open locations, they were excited by the strong sense of community in Takapuna and the beach. The team is made up of 20 staff. Rope is the executive chef. Cheshire Architects designed the fit out of the 40-seat restaurant, which is the first Bird location to focus on dining in alongside takeaway service. “Bird yellow” tiles feature along with polished concrete floors, a wall of hanging plants, a paneled counter and the famous salad cabinet, which houses Bird On A Wire’s beloved seasonal selection.
At the heart of the all-day menu lies free-range chicken, which Bird On A Wire was the first takeaway store to offer. All can be served with a baste flavour such as Jamaican Jerk, Salsa Verde or Korean BBQ. Eight 100% vegetarian salads are offered each day from a seasonal selection of over 100. Varieties include Chargrilled Garlic Broccoli, with egg noodles, sesame, coriander and sweet soy sauce; and Raw Energy, raw beetroot, carrot, spinach and walnut with maple vinaigrette. Guests can choose to add pulled free-range chicken to their salad or seasoned organic tofu. A range of sandwiches and burgers offer guests options such the Bánh mì, pulled chicken, chicken liver pâté, pickled carrot, coriander, Vietnamese dressing and chill; and other items include favourites like the Takapuna Fried Chicken, confit-style fried chicken served with your choice of gravy of jalapeno mayo.
Bird On A Wire is committed to sustainable initiatives: providing nutritious food at an accessible price point; supporting each community the stores are located in; ensuring its supply chain is filled with likeminded companies who practice sustainable business; and offering employment and coaching to people who may otherwise be overlooked.