Auckland’s filthiest restaurants have been revealed again in a gut-churning list of dirt and disease.
Eighteen eateries had D and E-grade food safety ratings during inspections by Auckland Council’s officials between March and May.
Seven places were graded E for “critical risk” including cockroach infestations and poor cleaning.
These were Glen Eden’s Ghazal Indian Cuisine, Mt Albert’s Sui Yuan,The Café Helensville, Dosa Plaza Metro City, Baab Korean Restaurant in Auckland Central, Dosa Plaza Mt Roskill, and India Bar and Restaurant in Ellerslie.
And another 11 were given a D-grade for reasons including poor cleaning, pest issues and allergen management.
“In general pest infestations are of greatest concern and likely to lead to a poor grade, when they are found in food preparation or food storage areas,” Mervyn Chetty, Auckland Council manager environmental health, told Newshub following inspections last year.
“Food outlets should follow their food control plan, which provides information and procedures to ensure regular checks for pests or conditions that may give rise to pests, and take the appropriate action where they find any signs or indications of pests or conditions favourable to pests.”
What do the grades mean?
“A D-grade means that faults that are not a critical risk to food safety were found on the premises and intervention by a food safety officer was required,” a council spokesperson says.
“E-grades are issued to businesses with critical food safety risks. When a critical risk to food safety is found, the business will immediately close and will reopen when the critical food safety risk has been addressed.
“For example, if a food business is found to have extensive cockroach infestation, it will not be permitted to reopen, unless the cockroach infestation has been satisfactorily mitigated.”
Spokespeople for India Bar and Restaurant and Dosa Plaza Mt Roskill told NZME they had both addressed their issues and have new grades pending.
Dosa Plaza Metro City and Feriza’s have both been reassessed to A-grades.
Ghazal Indian Cuisine, Glen Eden
The Café Helensville
Sui Yuan, Mt Albert
Dosa Plaza Metro City (reassessed to A-grade)
Baab Korean Restaurant
Dosa Plaza, Mt Roskill
India Bar and Restaurant, Ellerslie
The Falls Restaurant and Cafe, Henderson
Sushi Factory Japanese Restaurant, Auckland Central
The Grill, Wairau Valley
Indigo Takeaway, Avondale
Curry Masala, Flatbush
Feriza’s, Auckland Central (reassessed to A-grade)
Matsu Sushi, Auckland Central
Homecooked, Wairau Valley
Rabbit Café, Eden Terrace
Tai Ping Supermarket, Pakuranga
Yu Linh Long Factory / Mr Big Pan, Panmure