Category: Vietnamese

Best Banh Mi in Auckland

Banh mi is one of the few beautiful things to come out of an unhappy arranged marriage between Vietnam and colonialist France. The French brought their baguettes, liver pate and mayonnaise, and the Vietnamese their pickles, fresh herbs, and chilli. Fast-forward 130 years and you will find banh mi everywhere...

Love Exposure

More Asian kitschy-cool, more squint inducing fluorescent lighting, more melamine and acrylic tableware – at Love Exposure. The family of restaurants by the Maignot/Thornley hospitality team, now includes their newest member Love Exposure. Bathed in green and purple light, it sticks out like a sore thumb on the corner of...

Viet Kitchen

Viet Kitchen fills a gap for Vietnamese food on the busy Dominion Road Asian food strip.  I love the freshness of Vietnamese cuisine, and was keen to  sample their food. We arrived on a Friday evening, were warmly greeted by staff and led to an available table.  The decor is...

Mulan Southeast Asian Cuisine

Mention South East Asian food to me and I’m in. I love the flavours of this cuisine which make my tastebuds sing. Chef James Balakrishnan has adapted dishes from his Malaysian heritage for the concise Mulan menu, and perusing it is like reading a list of South East Asian food greatest hits....

Indochine Kitchen

Review by May-Lee. Dinner from the barbie is the epitome of Kiwi summer, and with the recent scorching heat we’ve been having Lynn and I thought, why break with tradition? So last Monday night we found ourselves at Indochine Kitchen with a cocktail (Hanoi Twist $12) or in my case...

Special post – Dominion Road Delights

The lovely folks at the Dominion Road Business Association, kindly invited me and some other food writers to a progressive dinner a couple of weeks ago. The aim was to show us just how international this part of Auckland is, and they succeeded. Most of the places fitted into our...

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