White and Wongs, one of the newer Asian fusion restaurants to pop up in Auckland. After trying their food at Street Eats, and impressed by their bang bang chicken roti roll, it is only natural to hit up their restaurant.
I’m in two minds about how I feel about the restaurant and here is why:
1. Food was served hot and man those wagyu shu mai were so soft and juicy I would return just for those.
2. They say items are made to share but their menu is written in a way that says otherwise – offering small plates and mains – I think they need to change the way they explain their menu or just change the style of their written menu.
3. We are told that everything comes out when it is ready – hmmm that’s just a lazy excuse that they can’t be bothered organising their kitchen for their meals to be served simultaneously. It’s frustrating eating one dish to then wait for another to come later on, when you want to eat your dishes together. Also I am not sure what order there is to their serving, as our one cold dish – the papaya salad came out last and quite a bit later then the 3 hot dishes, tbh I think it was just forgotten.
4. Our waiter was very pleasant and I think its important to ask how our meal is — once, but being asked about 4x is over doing it and awkward.
Is it the service that lets this restaurant down or just the lack of organisation because the food we did have was absolutely delicious. It’s great to see the bao are home made – I think one of the best ones I have had in auckland seeing a lot of restaurants buy them in – they are like soft fluffy pillows but I think the proportion of bun to filling is lacking slightly! I am a sucker for roti so maybe I am bias in saying its one of the tastiest dishes on their menu.
Overall White and Wongs – Frustratingly delicious.
Value for Money: Very Good
149 Quay st, Viaduct Harbour
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-Late