The Denizen
Extending their avian empire even further, chook specialists Bird on a Wire's most recent venture has seen them assume a new residence on the sidewalk of Elliot Street in Auckland's CBD. Joining what is fast becoming a destination for many a culinary delight thanks to the increasing number of food purveying containers, this cute, compact and sustainable outpost is proffering all the things we've come to expect from...
New Zealand Herald
There are few more belly-rumbling aromas than that wafting out of a rotisserie chicken shop. And our friends at Bird on a Wire are killing it. Their flagship Ponsonby Road store re-opened this week, decked with a flash new fit out. The savvy young owners, Sophie Gilmour, Ben Grant and David Holmes, have made more room for dining-in on beautiful polished wooden seats made by George and Willy...
Heart of the City
From the team who brought you Bird on a Wire, feeding hungry Ponsonby residents for a wee while now, comes Box of Bird - a small inner-city haven for the chicken and salad lover in all of you. Free-range rotisserie chicken is their specialty, plus the most delicious seasonal salads you can get your hands on. Plus, you can 'Book your Chook,' which means you call ahead for that night's dinner, and they freshly roast you a chicken to take home!
Bird On A Wire regularly caters for birthdays, corporate and private functions, picnics, boat trips, hens & stag dos, sports dinners, Christmas parties, dinner parties and office shouts for up to 150 people. Although chicken is at the core of what we do, Bird On A Wire has developed a reputation for our variety of great seasonal salads. Catering can be provided in the format of our in store menu (meals of chicken, salad & bread) or can be entirely off menu (petite chicken sandwiches, walk'n'fork food, packaged sandwiches and salads). We are happy to customise catering to meet the specifics of your event, including offering vegetarian & dessert dishes. Large orders can be delivered and set up.
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Handmade real food takeaways. Your free range rotisserie. We believe in real food. Food that is nutritionally and ethically guilt free. That's why we source free range products. That's why we try to buy as locally as possible. That's why we strive to make everything in-store. We refuse to compromise on quality. We believe delicious food comes from quality produce. We believe that comfort food doesn't have to mean processed food. We don't want you to feel guilty that you eat out every day. So we make it like you would. We know you're busy. We are too. We worry about your food so you don't have to. It's what we do and it's our pleasure.
Founded in March 2012, Bird On A Wire is a destination for delicious food that is both nutritious and aligned with your values. Set up by friends who wanted to bring the notion of a local 'chicken shop' to Auckland, Bird On A Wire has gone from strength to strength. In addition to the best free range rotisserie chook this town has seen, The Bird quickly become known for its great seasonal salads and we are really pleased that we have developed a strong local following in Ponsonby. Beyond this, Bird On A Wire regularly provides catering outside of the neighbourhood and appears at large scale events and music festivals. We are excited about the future of Bird On A Wire as we continue to grow, learn, keep improving and further develop the many meaningful relationships that we have established in the early days while staying true our commitment to providing the best free range chicken possible and doing our bit for the environment.
Bird On A Wire's culture is a reflection of our desire to produce great real food takeaways, in an environment with a cool vibe, and to behave responsibly in promoting sustainability where possible. Ben Grant (Co-Owner) - Ben has worked in the hospitality industry for as long as he can remember. His love for the industry has seen his transformation from food runner to section waiter and restaurant manager in some of Auckland's top restaurants. Ben loves cooking, and enjoys applying his years of work experience in the management consulting sector to the business at Bird On A Wire. David Holmes (Co-Owner) - David has also worked as a waiter in some of Auckland's top restaurants. David is a foodie and enjoys getting creative in the kitchen. He is a secondary school teacher, and a member of the New Zealand Opera Company's Chorus. David is passionate about the Ponsonby neighbourhood where he lives and brings his neighbourhood-centric, local vibe to Bird On A Wire. Sophie Gilmour (Co-Owner) - Sophie comes from a restaurant-obsessed family, and is passionate about hospitality. After practising law for three years she decided to step in to Bird On a Wire and has loved every moment of it. Sophie is passionate about food, wine & hosting and organising events.
Ponsonby Flagship
09 361 3407
09 486 5436
Box of Bird Commerce St
09 366 7012
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