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He has created two dining journeys – each one inspired by different elements of Samoan food heritage from Henry’s own experience growing up in Samoa, as well as traditional story-telling.
The ‘Chef’s Journey’ is the ultimate TALA experience, seated at the Chef’s Counter for direct views of the kitchen and interaction with the chefs. Guests can watch as each course is prepared in front of them and then served to them by the chefs.
The ‘Fāgogo Journey’ is a slightly shorter menu, with guests seated in the intimate atmosphere of the main restaurant on the luxurious banquette.
Menu highlights include a showcase dish cooked in the umu (a traditional Samoan above-ground oven of hot stones) in front of diners – the ‘Spatchcock Chicken’ is wrapped in banana leaves with herbs and citrus featured on the Chef’s Journey. A fun take on childhood snacks of raw ramen, taro and banana chips also features, alongside the feasting dish of ‘Sapasui’ with lamb and pork belly. ‘Umu Sweets’ and a coffee bean blend from local roastery Kokako combined with Koko Samoa make for a special finish.
Traditional aspects of Samoan life are also woven into the TALA dining experience: guests will receive an offering upon arrival and take part in the ‘apa fafano’ – a traditional handwashing ceremony.
Location Te wāhi
235 Parnell Road, ParnellPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
TALA is located at 235 Parnell Road, Parnell. We are conveniently located along public transit routes for bus and train. Parking can be found along Parnell Road and at St. John’s car park at 244 Parnell Road. Please follow the walkway to our entrance in the back.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
The ‘Chef’s Journey’ is the ultimate TALA experience, seated at the Chef’s Counter for direct views of the kitchen and interaction with the chefs. Guests can watch as each course is prepared in front of them and then served to them by the chefs with the TALA signature dish of umu chicken as the centrepiece.