Treasure Kitchen

Treasure Kitchen, great name. And what a treasure it is, in an area of town that so badly needs it. There are a few hidden gems amidst the $2 shops and dodgy takeouts of Henderson’s main street, and Treasure Kitchen possibly shines the brightest.

Opened only a few months ago, the chefs are Malaysian but one has spent ten years in Thailand and has become pretty fabulous at that style of cuisine, too. The menu is a mix of south east Asian flavours and while I usually find that off-putting, in this case they seem to be good at whatever type of food they turn their hand to.

We ordered Sambal Prawns ($18.50), Nasi Lemak with Chicken curry ($14.50) and Chai Xin ($12.50). All were excellent. The coconut rice in the NasI Lemak was everything it should be – creamy, soft and coconutty, there was a good balance of ikan bilis and peanuts (hate it when places are stingy with those) and the sambal had depth and great flavour. The chicken curry on the side had a decent kick and the chicken on the bone was tender.

The Sambal Prawns were sensational and I can’t wait to get back very soon to have them again. A decent serving of prawns fried in a great sambal sauce and served in a lettuce leaf.  The Chai Xin was bright, fresh, perfectly cooked and with a good amount of shredded ginger and garlic to give it a lift. Why do my greens never look like that at home?

On a whim we decided to order the banana fritters ($4.50) to take out as we left. Great decision. Light, sweet  and drizzled with just the right amount of caramel sauce, we were thrilled. There may or may not have been a small tussle over the last one.

Treasure kitchen is indeed a treasure in West Auckland. It ain’t glam but it’s a pleasant enough environment to eat some really great food. Go immediately before everyone finds out.


Location: 2/392 Great North Road, Henderson
Phone: 838-3861
Hours:  Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm
Prices: Snacks and sides $2.50 – $6.80, Mains $13.50 – $19.50
Takeaways:  Yes
Cards: No
Licensed: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Bathrooms:  Fine but no wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes except for toilets

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2 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    Yipee somewhere out west totally trying this next week before the grocery shopping…

  2. Samng says:

    Great Malaysian food

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