Auckland: Mekong Baby

I was really excited to take the BF to Mekong Baby after coming for a cousins 21st Banquet dinner. I had been raving about how much I enjoyed the food and that we had to come back. However we were poorly disappointed by almost the whole overall meal and experience.

We came on a Sunday evening around 8pm so it was rather quiet and there were at least 4-5 waiters working. We thought this would be great the service would be quick and efficient. The original waiter we had to begin with was friendly, though we didn’t see him again after he took our order. All the dishes were served promptly after ordering. The best thing we ordered was the papaya salad. Great flavour and texture and refreshing. However it went downhill from there. We had ordered the jungle prawn curry and what we thought would be a thick sauced dish was pretty much an oily soup with overcooked prawns. The reason we ordered the roti which were actually really yum was to dip them into the curry but as you can see the “curry” was very unappetising and the pic shows the evidence that the fat hadn’t been skimmed. If the prawn curry is more of a soup then the explanations on the menu should be clearer or the waiter should explain the dish upon ordering it. The fire chicken was nice and the heat was great but it was super oily and greasy.

Once we finished all the dishes it took 45mins before someone finally cleared our dishes and asked whether we wanted dessert. We thought this was odd because there were hardly any diners by that stage but still plenty of staff walking past us, who we at one point saw them taking pics of themselves and eating in the open kitchen. Also no one took the time to ask how the dishes were. When I went up to pay, again the maitre d never asked how everything was, as I waiting to explain our disappointed but he never asked so I couldn’t be bothered with complaining. Overall I was poorly disappointed with the food and service and wished I was welcomed more pleasantly the same others have boasted about previously.

Food: 4.5/10
Service: 3/10
Value for Money: Average

262 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm-Late

Smashed Green Papaya Salad
Smashed Green Papaya Salad
Prawn Jungle Curry
Prawn Jungle Curry
Fire Chicken
Fire Chicken
Roti Bread
Roti Bread


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