Get ready, Auckland—we’ve found a new restaurant where East meets West in a mouth-watering fusion of deliciousness.
With new flavours on old traditions, White + Wong’s threw open their doors last week and, being the responsible foodies we are, we went along to the waterfront to check them out.
Brought to you by Good Group—the people behind Harbourside and Botswana Butchery—it is a complete revamp of that vacant space on Viaduct. Light, bright and colourful, it has seats right on the water, or inside overlooking the harbour. There are also three private dining areas of different sizes—that important work lunch or birthday party has just found a new venue.
While it may seem slightly odd that we’d feel it necessary to mention the bathrooms, we just can’t help ourselves—open the door and you’re greeted with a tiger peering straight at you from between long grass. Roarrrr.
All this and we’re not even at the menu yet. Where to start? Perhaps with a Woktail…the Blushing Buddha, the Red Lantern or the Sake Caprioska all sound delicious and while we opted for a champers, we’ll be back for those cocktail goodies.
All plates are made to be shared, and there’s a huge range of raw/cold cuts, dumplings and buns, as well as ‘hot starters’, meats, curries, rice and more. If it all seems too much, make sure you ask the staff—they know their stuff. Everything we chose came recommended to us by the waitress, and we weren’t disappointed. You can always opt for one of two ‘feed me’ menus—the lotus or the grand.
We kicked off with the special of the day—tempura oysters, flavoured with spices that went down a treat, particularly when followed with a mouthful or two of champagne.
We also tried the prawn and coriander ha gao, shaking beef, wok-fried beef fillet, garlic, ginger and soy with red onion, upland cress and coriander, with a side of fried rice. We couldn’t fault any of these dishes, an A++ all around.
Vegetarians, White + Wong’s have you covered too, with the Buddha’s Delight—silken tofu, chilli, shiitake, cashew nuts with bean sprout and wakame. Trust us when we tell you that you must put it on your list of vegetarian meals you must tick off this year.
All in all, the venue, the food and the staff has made White + Wong’s a team favourite and there is absolutely no doubt that we’ll be back…probably more than once.
Get more info about White + Wong's, including opening hours here.
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