Viaduct Basin – Auckland
This Asian fusion restaurant is my new favourite! Prices can be on the high side if you compare it to traditional Asian restaurants, however you just cannot beat the food quality and service you can get here.
My friends and I came here for lunch during the week and the place got packed pretty fast. Suggest booking in advance if you don’t want any disappointment (lucky we did!). We were greeted at the door by a friendly, smiling waitress and was then directed to our table. She kindly asked if it was our first visit and then explained that dishes are made to share, hence they won’t come out at the same time. We ordered guo bao (steamed buns with fillings) pork belly and guo bao chicken, prawn dumplings, papaya salad (spicy), chicken xiao long bao (dumplings with soup) and fried rice. All of which were delicious and the portion size was just right. Traditionally xiao long baos are made with pork but I love it that they do them with chicken here, as they were just as delicious! The papaya salad was spicy and refreshing too. The guo baos were also nice and soft where the chicken karaage filling was tender and tasty, topped with wasabi mayo and pickles (kinda like a burger but Asian style). The pork belly filling on the other hand simply melts in the mouth. Service here was fast, friendly and professional. Great food/service combination, what more can you ask for?
The restaurant also has some authentic decor such as an open kitchen with glass windows where you can see the chefs, and also the typical but “not-for-the-faint-hearted” roast duck and crispy pork on display, hanging up by the windows. They also do yum cha on Saturdays and Sundays and the menu is the same for dinner and it has a variety of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese options. We already plan to go back for dinner so we can try more dishes!
(because nobody is perfect)