An Auckland Council investigation into the city's food hygiene has identified 18 outlets as being in need of improvement, with 7 receiving a 'critical' E grade and being forced to close until issues could be rectified.
Amongst the issues cited by the Council, which inspected restaurants between March and May, were cockroach-ridden floors, "critical cleaning risk", and pest infestations.
Another 11 businesses received a D-grade, allowing them to stay open whilst they addressed the issues cited. These establishments will be inspected again 2 months after the initial inspection.
The 7 eateries which received an E-grade were Ghazal Indian Cuisine in Glen Eden, The Café Helensville, Sui Yuan in Mt Albert, Dosa Plaza Metro City, Baab Korean Restaurant in Auckland Central, Dosa Plaza Mt Roskill, and India Bar and Restaurant in Ellerslie. According to the Herald, Dosa Plaza Metro City, India Bar and Restaurant, and Dosa Plaza Mt Roskill have all since been allowed to reopen having fixed their problems.
Dosa Plaza Metro City has even been reissued with an A-grade. Owner Theo Namh told the Herald, "We are glad to inform that with a lot of hard work and just in the matter of three weeks we have rectified all issues including the one of a rogue cockroach incident which was really rare previously."