Restaurant review: Chinoiserie (Mt Albert)

Tonight we were looking for a cheap eat! We wanted to hang out and not have to worry about cooking and cleaning, but not having to break our wallets for good food.

Although I’m not normally a fan of fusion cuisine, this one is less ‘fusion’ than I thought – which means the taste is actually quite authentic!

Supposedly serving Taiwanese food but very Vietnamese looking decor

Supposedly serving Taiwanese food but very Vietnamese looking decor

The menu is designed for small bites and sharing which got me worried – I WAS VERY HUNGRY! People who have been following my posts probably knows that I can eat a cow in any given day.

The menu

The menu

Well….there you go I ordered a Gua Bao which is a milky bun wrapping with fillings of your choice. I went for the pulled beef cheeks with kimchi (Korean pickled spicy cabbage), seasame seeds and spring onion. My friends both ordered the braised pork belly with Gong sauce and bok choi, coriander and peanuts.

Braised pork belly Gua Bao

Braised pork belly Gua Bao

Pulled beef cheek Gua Bao

Pulled beef cheek Gua Bao

They were both very soft and tender, with a wonderfully complimentary taste of sauce and seasoning. The bun is about the size of a palm so we also ordered some sides to have a more balanced diet.

Asian slaw

Asian slaw

Coconut crusted squid rings

Coconut crusted squid rings

Sticky chicken nibbles

Sticky chicken nibbles

And of course we washed the food down with some Asahi beers 😉 and finished with dessert – black sticky rice served with salted coconut cream. The dessert was substantial enough to replace a standard bowl of rice so ordering dessert is a must for those hungry people!

Black sticky rice with salted coconut cream

Black sticky rice with salted coconut cream

All in all the meal was satisfying. The portions were just right for you to order more plates to share and leaving room for dessert. I felt that I could eat the entire food choice again on the menu next time if I go back after exercising – yes, hungus much!

The meal cost $36 per person including one bottle of beer.

One word of advice for potential restaurant patrons – have a strong bladder or avoid the toilet! If you really need to go, you might need some clothing pegs to keep your sense of smell disabled temporarily.