Howick and Pakuranga Times
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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 21 M 20th April - 4th May 2013, 8.00 p.m. Matinees Sunday 21 April 2013 & Sunday 28 April 2013, 2.00 p.m. Book at phone 361 1000 HARLEQUIN MUSICAL THEATRE, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick (behind the Howick Community Centre) www.harlequintheatre.co.nz 121128 121090 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 120995 Ph 271 8000 www.times.co.nz The Times welcomes dining, wining and entertainment news -- Has your restaurant/ venue undergone a change? Do you have a special event coming up? Have you launched a special price or menu? Helen Perry 271 8036 firstname.lastname@example.org TELL ME ABOUT IT Dining and Leisure By Natalie Brittan There is a fne art to a pre-gig meal. It cannot linger, it must sat- isfy, and above all, it must be con- venient – which leads many to believe that quality often goes by the wayside. But as a bunch of us hungry after- workers discovered on a casual Fri- day evening, pre-gig meals can be of high birth. Nothing says ‘quick bite’ quite like a burger, and luckily for me, the near famished crowd had agreed to my suggestion to check out Kitch- enette in highland Park. rumours of a new menu and a new deck from the popular gour- met burger joint and cafe had proved too much to resist. I just had to see for myself. Arriving at the eatery, the deck was the frst thing we noticed. Con- temporary with black and grey hues to match the original Kitchenette, it is located next to a leafy tree. But we were to fnd an even big- ger change inside. The menu had grown three times from the origi- nal – there was an all-day breakfast menu, and a dedicated Israeli menu in addition to the usual burger menu, the real reason for our visit. Food to go seemed to have expe- rienced a growth spurt as well; a scrumptious-looking selection of brownies, muffns, sandwiches and salads all clamoured for attention. But with names such as Kiwi Flyer, Julius Caesar and Mighty Mushroom, the burgers were not to be trifed with. After much deliberation – and I was not the only one to hem and haw– I settled on the Cheese Cutter; the mouth-watering description of “double cheese” had spoken. My counterparts were fairly happy with their choices save one. “Why did they take away the steak burger?” whined my new husband. “That was the best thing about their menu!” Without so much as batting an eyelid, the effervescent waitress said it could be done, thus appeas- ing the poor soul. We sat down, and in minutes a tall glass of banana smoothie arrived for “he who must have steak”. The waitress then outdid herself by serving leftover smoothie in a smaller glass – one which I happily took upon myself to drink. It was cold, refreshing and deliciously bananery – all the makings of a good banana smoothie. Not long after, the burgers and their accompaniments arrived. The hubby had ordered chips and chilli aoli (basically just aioli with ground chilli sprinkled on top), to which chilli friend made noises, indicating his disappointment for not ordering chilli aioli too. Again, the angel of a waitress said she could whip something up and returned with a fresh, green chilli relish – something which, dare I say, was far better than aoli. Finally happy, we lost no time biting into our burgers. Mine was extremely fresh, and the wonder- fully sharp favour of mustard mar- ried well with the tomato, onion and lettuce. The meat itself was divine; a thick hunk of prime beef, neither dry nor greasy, with just the right balance of seasoning. I gazed enviously at the Kiwi Flyer, which resembled mine but was enhanced with Kiwi touches of beetroot and fried egg. It was a magnifcent tower that oozed and if it could have spoken would have said: “sweet as, bro!” Unassuming and underwhelming in appearance, the Mighty Mush- room (my initial pick) did not look terribly mighty; that is, until my friend opened the top half of the burger, revealing what seemed like an entire feld of juicy mushrooms, sautéed to perfection. And that’s when I vowed to return – soon. Never have I found so much satisfaction in scoffng the commonplace burger at this sur- prising local gem! The perfect starter for an evening of wailing guitars and booming drums, Kitchenette left me deliri- ous with delectable memories cer- tainly worth dreaming about. Kitchenette serves up tasty double decker Left, stacked Kiwi Flyer burger, the new deck. Waitress Charlotte Hetaraka.
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