Delicious Dishes

When Anna King Shahab (features editor of Taste magazine, Metro Judge and author of blog Eats By Anna)  recommends somewhere to eat, I listen. This lady knows her food. She said Delicious Dishes on Dominion Road had become a favourite for her family) so one night my husband and I decided to check it out.

We weren’t disappointed in the food but the service the night we went was a bit slow. I think we may have slipped under the radar a bit as people who came after us got served before. I would be willing to try it again to see if that was the case.

All the dishes bar three are either $7, $8 or $9 and the food is Northern Chinese. We ordered the Spicy Salted Squid, Caixin with Garlic Sauce and the Sautéed Chicken cubes with Chilli and Peanuts. We inhaled the squid as it was so delicious – fried perfectly so as to ensure inner tenderness and outside crispiness.  It was salted as promised with a hint of chilli powder giving it the perfect amount of salt and warmth. It was fried with celery, carrot and garlic all cooked immaculately (not too soggy and still with a lot of their original brightness of colour).

The chicken was also excellent. Very tender cubes stir-fried in a full flavoured chilli-based sauce (not super spicy but not mild either) with garlic shoots and carrots. The peanuts were an excellent contrast of texture. My husband prefers another version of this down the road from this place, with a bigger hit of vinegar but I enjoyed this rendition.

The Caixin in garlic sauce was a fairly standard Chinese greens in garlic glaze but the serving was big and it was well executed, again that perfect line between crunchy and cooked.

The interior is pleasant and clean and while it won’t win any interior awards, it was well above the standard of many of the Cheap Eats we’ve dined in!

Aside from the slow service I am dying to get back here. Truly excellent value, fresh tasty food. Worth waiting a while for but not as long as we did so I’m interested to see if it was a kitchen muck-up or standard wait time.

Location: 555 Dominion Road
Phone: (09) 630 6090
Hours:  Seven days – Monday 5pm to 12am, Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 12am
Prices: Everything $7, $8 or $9. Three chef’s specials (sharing dishes) at $16, $20 and $28
Licensed: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms: Passable
Wheelchair Accessible: Door yes, bathroom no

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6 Responses

  1. Francesca says:

    Went here last night and it was FANTASTIC. No problems with service, so would say you may of experienced a kitchen muck up. If you go back, I recommend trying the pork with Shanghai sauce and this dish they do which is a potato eggplant mix, amazing!

  2. Totally agree about slow service – we’ve come to realise we’ll always face a long wait here – most times we make it takeaway and order in advance to avoid the painstaking wait… I think they might have only one chef in the kitchen. A few of our faves there are the fried ‘kidney beans’ (er, French beans, in actuality); shredded kelp salad; cucumber salad and chicken and mushroom noodles which come in a lovely broth 🙂

  3. Peter says:

    Went there today, Sun 3 Jan 2013 to find it has closed down

  4. Bea says:

    Hello, I have been a regular of this restaurant whenever I visit Auckland (which is a few times every year). I was disappointed to find, on my latest trip to Auckland in March of this year, that it was closed down. Have they definitely closed down? I really hope they have just moved premises.

  5. SUmmer says:

    Also went there last friday to find it gone… Japanese place now, food was average…although the complimentary chicken wings they give everyone 2 of before ordering were DELICIOUS…shame the rest didn’t really hold up to such a strong start

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