Occasional nachos: Mr Shankly’s

Vegan nachos

You could walk past Mr Shankly’s food stall and not realise that its menu offerings are all vegan. The word doesn’t appear on signs and menus, and rarely pops up on its social media presences.

But the food – simple, popular dishes from a range of food traditions – is all made without animal products. Started by local friends Reza and Peter, the fledgling business’ focus “essentially is to introduce more and more people to delicious and affordable vegan meals but also cater to the existing vegan community in Auckland.”

I found Mr Shankly’s at Ponsonby’s Street Food Collective last weekend. They’d sold out of their dumplings, so I had a plate of nachos for lunch. They were fresh and tasty: loaded with generous helpings of beans, avocado, jalapenos & olives, salsa & hummus.

Sunday’s menu also included dumplings with a Thai-style salad, dal with crispy flat bread, wedges & salsa, and a dessert platter.


Ponsonby Street Food Collective     Ponsonby Street Food Collective

Follow Mr Shankly’s on Facebook or Instagram to find out about their upcoming appearances.

Two places you might find them in January are:

1. The Street Food Collective – a new space in Ponsonby that hosts a range of different food and drink pop-ups. It’s at Lot 3/130 Ponsonby Rd, with entrances off Ponsonby Road and Richmond Road.

Other vegan-friendly businesses that you might find at The Street Food Collective include The Lucky Taco and Sweet Val’s Ice Cream. Keep an eye on the Collective’s website or Facebook for timetables showing who’s appearing each day.

2. Victoria Park Markets – the re-opened outdoor markets at 210-218 Victoria Street in the city.