We came here on a Wednesday night about an hour after they opened for dinner. This used to be a church and after redesigning the interior, it’s spacious and feels lively. The waitress was very knowledgeable and her service was top notch which started off the evening nicely. Between 2, we ordered the grilled eggplant as starters, crispy soft shell crab, crispy pork hock, lamb baharat curry, Asian slaw, and desserts we had the Bibingka and the pandan parfait (yes that’s a lot for just 2 people, but we did it). We also had to join another table to ours to make space lol. The grilled eggplant was a half of a whole that’s sliced in diamond shapes like a mango. The garlic and coriander toppings with a light sweet and sour dressing made the dish light and tasty. The soft shell crabs was the best I’ve had as I had no problems chewing it and it really lived up to the name. The crab was meaty and the little curry sauce made it tastier. The pork hock was recommended by the waitress. You eat it like a soft shell taco and what made the already crispy pork even nicer was the sweet and sour salsa sauce that came with it, and the lettuce which balances out the oily meat. It was so nice we wished we’d get more sauce. The lamb curry, probably my favorite of the night, although a bit thick, was still a good creamy dish as the lamb was very tender and the potatoes and carrots were soft. The dish comes with their crispy roti which goes very very well with the curry as it soaks some of it in your mouth. The Asian slaw, sweet and sour, was a juicy yet light dressed slaw that’s crunchy in your mouth - it was delicious and balanced out all the other meaty dishes (my friend loved it). For desserts, the pandan parfait played the warm dessert for winter as the warm cake with pears on top was sweet and melts in your mouth. The bibingka was an inbetweener as it had a little mix of every flavor - sweet, sour, salty, creamy. The price came down to $117 which was very very reasonable, cheap actually, for 5 dishes and 2 desserts. It was a very good evening. Wish the piano worked though. Taste - 10/10 Size - 10/10 Price - 10/10 Service - 10/10 Oksana Zhang
Such a gorgeous restaurant tucked on a corner on Dominion Road! So sad to hear the news that they’ll be permanently closing their doors at the end of January! This is a 10/10 Restaurant that is faultless! It’s absolutely beautiful inside, they even have a little piano tucked in the corner at the back! We got Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Pork Hock, Lamb Curry from their Mains/To Share; and Grilled Eggplant and Asian Slaw from Entree/Sides. For dessert we got the Pandan Parfait and Bibingka. A lot of food for just two people! As the food began rolling out, I was getting really excited because everything was nicely presented and fresh from the kitchen. Soft Shell Crab is by far one of THE best I’ve had in Auckland, and I’ve had a lot of Soft Shell Crab. Crunchy, well seasoned and sits in a bed of creamy coconut curry which was such a delight! 10/10 Pork Hock was good! It comes with Soft Shell tacos and sides of lettuce and this amazing tangy salsa sauce. The meat was juicy and tender and skin was crunchy; massive portion and perfect to share between people! 9/10 Lamb Curry was deeeeelicious! Generous lamb : curry ratio with carrots and potatoes, all soft and tender. Curry comes with their Roti which was Crispy, flaky and oh-so-good! Lamb was cooked to perfection, it melts in the mouth! Curry itself was creamy and smooth. I would recommend having a side of coconut rice to soak it all up! 9/10 Asian Slaw was the BEST Asian Slaw I’ve had to date! Slaw can easily be too “loose” and fall apart just before you bring the forkful to your mouth. Their one is dense and juicy and well-dressed! I don’t know how they do it but it’s pulled together really well it doesn’t even taste like a slaw! 10/10 Grilled eggplant was interesting; texture wise it was juicy but soft, and the lemon oil dressing added the perfect touch of “life” to it! Small chopped up garlic also spritzed up the flavours. 9/10 Desserts; the pandan parfait is a warm cake with caramelised pear, crushed walnuts and biscuit. The warmth of the cake melts the cream, combined with the crunch of the crushed goodness and the syrup—sends you to heaven. Bibingka cleverly plays between citrus, honey-sweet and bittersweet. Zesty orange pieces and the milk pudding worked really well; and the burnt honeycomb pieces plus the ice cream will make a party go off on your palate! All of this will set you back by $117, which I think is an amazingly reasonably price for the excellent dining experience! Service was absolutely top-notch, everything was perfect and it honestly is such a pity to see them go! I’ll try to visit again for sure! Food: 10/10 Price: 10/10 Ambience: 10/10 Service: 10/10
Saw a vid of their crunchy puff by King of Cheat Meals on facebook and that was enough to entice me here. Ambience is really nice, modern and sleek although the backs on the seats didn't seem that supportive but they look good. I liked the fairly upbeat music being played softly. Service is great, they were friendly and always smiling. To drink we had that night's special (an apricot cocktail) and a Manhattan up with the Grilled Eggplant, Mushroom Ragout, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Pork Hock, Pandan parfait and Crunchy Puff of course. Everything came out in just about no time although we were the first people there for the dinner service. We held out all day to eat here so hence many large dishes but they were all delicious and completely satisfying. My favourite was definitely the Crispy Pork Hock, the skin was crispy not glass like but still pretty good and the meat was tender/juicy without being greasy or gelatinous at all. I only have 2 small things that I personally didn't like but they could have been intended to be that way. The eggplant could have been cooked more, like really over cooked, I really enjoy that melt in the mouth texture, it was a bit tough/under cooked but still tasty. The mandarin segments in the Pandan parfait were dry and sour, again could have been used as a contrast in the dish but it wasn't something I liked in it. Overall really great dining experience, will be back again.