Bonds of Bread (North Shore City, New Zealand)
This is quite a late post as we visited this place several weeks after it opened but its better late than never specially if its worthy noting specially a place something like this. Yes, for the first time (I think) a proper Filipino bakery opens in Auckland, there were some before but it is not a fully pledged Filipino bakery but rather a normal bakery that sells some Filipino breads.
Bonds of Bread is different, it is a Filipino artisan bakery that sells mainly Filipino bakery items, located in Birkenhead and it is a hit not just with the Filipino community but also the local Kiwis. I also heard that Bonds of Bread has been operating in Christchurch for quite some time now but like I said this is the first time something like this landed in Auckland.
If you are a Filipino and visit this place you will see usual bakery items we see back home like Corned Beef Pandesal, Pork Asado Roll, Pan de Coco, Pan de Ube, Chicken Empanada, Pan de Munggo, Ube Custard Delight, Spanish Bread, Doughnut, Monay and Ensaymada to name some.
Since its opening early this year we had tried most of the common Filipino breads, we also had tried some non-Filipino breads which we also liked. Our favourite was the Spanish bread, pandesal and pan de coco but unlike the Philippines they are best consumed while its hot, due to the differences in climate Filipino breads here easily hardens and dries if it is left unconsumed, it does not keep the softness and moisture for long. So, if you are planning to store it and consume later I suggest to zap it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds per bread to bring it back to life again.
It’s nice to see a place like this in Auckland, it makes me feel proud as a Filipino specially if you see other nationalities enjoying the goodies my home country.
Bond of Breads – Birkenhead
Address: 57 Birkenhead Ave, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626