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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 — 23 NA NA Thai Restaurant NA NA NA NA Thai Restaurant NANA NA NA Thai Restaurant Hilight of Thai taste and variety of Thai food Fully Licensed & B.Y.O Wine 4/308 TE IRIRANGI DRIVE BOTANY SOUTH AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND PH: + 64 9 274-9990 NANA Fax: + 64 9 274-9930 LUNCH 12-2PM FRIDAY-SUNDAY DINNER 7 NIGHTS 5.30pm UNTIL LATE All main courses served with rice — 10% discount for takeaway SPECIAL BUFFET LUNCH $16.90 PER PERSON • Extensive selection of meats including beef, lamb, pork, chicken and duck; and seafood. • Fully licensed bar and BYOW. • Direct access to the beach and a gorgeous view to match. Open for Dinner 6 nights - 5pm until late (Tuesday to Sunday) 4/308 Te Irirangi Dr, Botany South, (next to Garden & Orchard). Phone 274 9990. 1C Eastern Beach Rd, Eastern Beach. Phone 533 9996. 10% discount for takeaway All main courses served with rice 120756-V2 3 RONWOOD AVENUE, MANUKAU PHONE 262 2913 PHONE 262 0898 Give us a call for your Function requirements 121555-v5 We can cater for 5 to 200 people Roast Pork $10 LUNCH SPECIAL Although Auckland city is littered with eateries, a nondescript K’Road is not exactly renowned for its gastron- omy nor is it the obvious place when seeking out new or bustling dining experiences. Coco’s Cantina has its own casual brand of chic. Dining is divided into three areas with a total mis-match of tables and chairs, but it is simple, warm and welcoming. This is a community hub with tables jammed so close you can’t avoid the neighbourhood gossip and if you’re hypersensitive to noise then steer clear. The menu is everything you would expect bistro food to be and, while not easily slotted into any single category, there is plenty of Italian influence. For example, antipasti and pasta dishes such as bruschetta, salami, ravioli, risotto and buffalo mozzarella and daily specials with wines to match. We chose fish risotto ($32), pan fried gurnard with primavera and rocket. The dish was well balanced, the fish fresh, moist and flavoursome but the risotto lacked authenticity and was too dry. In contrast the spaghetti and meatballs ($29.50) would have been an inspiration but for the excess and overpowering roasted tomato sauce. Italian influences abound. Other dishes on the menu include roasted, deboned free-range chicken ($33) with rosemary chilli rub, capsicum and zuc- chini, char-grilled scotch fillet ($30) with home cut french fries and rocket, roasted free-range pork belly ($33.50) red cabbage, finnochio sausage, alforno apples and rocket pesto, fish of the day ($32), crusted veal ($30) with tomato, caper salsa, rocket and parmesan. Com- plementing the menu is a selection of sides ($9). Desserts are disappointingly pedes- trian and include the signature tiramisu ($14), chocolate tart with whipped cream ($14), vanilla pannacotta with cher- ries ($14), ice cream and biscotti ($13), affogato ($13) with frangelico ($15) or finish off with bread and cheese ($16). A sharp and well priced wine list is focused on local and Italian vintages and showcases some exceptional and unpre- tentious varietals with a good selection by the glass. And the verdict? This is a leisurely and casual dining place that suits the locals. And what a difference good waiting staff make with service that is attentive, well organised and friendly. On the food front we did expect to find this a lot more adventurous but there was still enough high points to make it worthwhile. Prices, however, for a casual bistro were a little over the top. There’s a ‘no bookings’ policy in place so be prepared for a wait and if it’s a warm evening ask for a table out on the pavement to watch the world go by. Coco’s Cantina: Licensed. 376 Karangahape Road, Newton, Ph: 300 7582. Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday. Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Amex. Website: www.cocoscantina.co.nz Menu 7.5, Cuisine 7.5, Wine List 7.5, Service 8, Décor 6, Value for Money 7.5 103091-V53 BUY TICKETS AT HOYTS.CO.NZ NZ • NO COMPLIMENTARIES BOTA NY DOWNS - THU MARCH 21ST TO WED MARCH 27TH (3D) JACK THE GIANT SLAYER• (M) Thu-Tue 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00PM Wed 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00PM OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG) Wed 10:40AM (3D) JACK THE GIANT SLAYER• (M) Thu-Fri 6:30, 9:00PM SAT -Sun 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00PM Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:00PM (3D) LIFE OF PI (PG) SAT -Sun 3:30PM (3D) OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG) Thu-Fri 8:45PM, SAT-Sun 3:20, 8:45PM Mon-Wed 8:45PM BROKEN CITY• (R16) Thu-Wed 8:30PM I GIVE IT A YEAR (M) Thu-Wed 6:15PM MT. ZION (PG) SAT -Sun 1:10PM OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG) Thu-Fri 6:00PM, SAT-Sun 12:40, 6:00PM Mon-Wed 6:00PM (3D) G.I . 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Helen Perry 271 8036 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tell me about it Dining and Leisure with Helen Perry Ordering steak, eggs and chips for dessert, during a recent visit to Cobb & Co, diner, Justin Stevens, discovered humour is often a dish best served cold! in response to this obviously mischie- vous appeal, he was served: steak driz- zled with gravy (fruit cake with chocolate sauce), scrambled eggs (ice cream with lemon sauce) and chips (lemon sauce). Whether this platter was served in practiced homage to the Victorian tradi- tion of mock desserts, or simply to tickle the funny bones of restaurant staff, it’s hard to say. What is clear is that the diner, who is known for his cheeky sense of humour, was delighted to have his bluff called by the equally light-hearted team at the Manukau restaurant. in fact, more than just meeting his match, he actually did receive his... Just- in’s desserts! EvErybody knows we all have a double, in fact, probably several doubles, somewhere around the world. Nevertheless, I did a double take when stopped at traffic lights last week. There walking towards me was the ‘spitting image’ of a former colleague who passed away a few years back now. The gent was of similar height and dapper stature, in his mid 50s, tanned and even wore his hair the same way as the late Johnny Mancer. Some of you may remember him as a Times sports writer, polo authority and boxing referee. I did get a momentary shock and it set off a bout of melancholy that didn’t dissipate till later in the evening when I was enjoying a meal with friends at The viaduct. We were sitting on the deck at Snapdragon basking in the setting sun and looking out on almost perfectly still water. It definitely had a calming effect. So, by time I had downed a glass of red and was picking over our shared starter – an apple- smoked salmon and grapefruit (yes, grapefruit) pizza, I was feeling much happier. And that pizza was delicious, there is just no other word for the citrusy twist on a fishy platter topped with furikake – a Japanese condiment of dried, ground, fish, seaweed, sesame seeds, salt and pepper! For mains we went wild over a large platter – rack of venison accompanied by asparagus, black- berries, finely chopped radicchio with mint and feta. Filling but not heavy, it didn’t stop us ordering our third shared dish – a dessert platter of warm olive oil cake, pineapple zabliogne, berry meringue flummery, limoncello and honeycomb. Not only did we enjoy a novel meal, the evening was most satisfying – what better way to enjoy good food, our wonderful waterfront, the great weather and to remember an old friend with affection rather than with a heavy heart? H. Perry Cobb’s fake steak takes the biscuit! Snap! Dragon beats demons Cobb & Co team raises the ‘steaks’ to best jovial guest.
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