Ngopi, 79 Anzac Avenue, Auckland Central
Ngopi is a charitable enterprise that serves Malaysian food and donates its profits to Habitat for Humanity, an organisation that builds and repairs houses, and A21 which works to end human trafficking. Ngopi is an initiative by the House of Praise Church and is largely run by volunteers, although the Penang born chef and former owner of Albert’s Place is paid. Meals are very reasonably priced from $10 – $12.50 so you can eat for a good cause and a good price.
Ngopi has built quite a following and most tables were full by the time I ordered beef rendang with rice on a busy Monday afternoon. I don’t eat Malaysian food very often so I don’t know what makes a good beef rendang but I appreciated a warm and satisfying midday meal for only $11.
Malaysian drinks like cham (a tea, coffee and milk mix) are served, I had a purple tinged taro latte, a sweet drink perfect for my sweet tooth. The word ngopi is an Indonesian term for drinking coffee, if it’s too early or late for lunch you’ll find a small selection of pastries to match your double shot of choice.
The decor at Ngopi befits its ethos and is a collection of mix and match chairs, exposed brick work and colourfully painted wooden pellets turned dividing wall. Opening hours are 11am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and 11am – 3pm on Friday, closed weekends.