One night in Greytown!

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I usually visit Greytown a few times a year and as soon as I arrive, I’m filled with a sense of calm. An obligatory stop was made again at 2 short whites eatery and preservatory. It’s situated in a newly developed area at 76 Main Street Greytown. The location is dangerous though, as it’s near the most gorgeous boutique Deluxe, so then suddenly my lunch becomes costly. Continue reading

Authentic Japanese; Kazu

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I love Kazu, a Japanese Izakaya style restaurant on Tory St. It’s been around since 2002 and also has a sake bar on Courtenay Place. I like this one as it’s more original with its seating and open kitchen.

This visit was a girlie group and it was just perfect on a Monday night.We ordered some divine edamame and the girls also swayed me with trying the sashimi platter for starters. As I try to avoid rice, sushi and dumplings (as much as I love them!), they were not an option. They did offer fried chicken nibbles and chicken karaage which is yummy but the raw fish was delicious with soy sauce. They were out of tuna so it was all salmon but all good. I need to eat more fish I know, but I struggle with it as I love meat so much.

As this was a first visit for others I recommended the hot pot as their main, as you get to self-cook which adds to the experience. I had the BBQ chicken off the Teppan & Grill section and the other gals had the BBQ salmon and teriyaki chicken. They have lots of Udon noodle dishes or deep fried pork dishes also.

They have some good red and white wine, spirits, Japanese beer as well as sake which is served warm as far as drinks go and of course green tea.

We flagged dessert but they have Tirimasu (which is funny in a Japanese restaurant) and a black sesame or green tea ice cream and a few other options. I bet the ice cream is good as we know the Japanese love their ice cream.

Service was brilliant and prices good. You can use your entertainment card which helps.

Kazu is a Japanese name for a male or female. It means first, obedient and disciplined. That’s me; Kazu Foodietraveller!

 

 

Arigato Origami

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What a wee find Origami was on my walk along upper Cuba Street recently. Perfect for our Sunday quick, cheap and cheerful lunch.

The menu has a a wide selection of bento, sushi, ramen dishes so it took us awhile to make a decision. Cold, hungry and saturated as we caught in the downpour on our 10km walk, were keen to order. Hubby chose the gyoza (vege dumplings) for a shared starter. He absolutely loved them. I thought they were ok.  I had the pork cutlet salad which was served with miso soup. It was so delicious. Hubby had a very tasty beef noodle soup, which warmed the cockles of his heart.

Whilst I was hoeing in on my salad, I spotted a table advertisement for an iced green tea latte. Boom. Even though it was a chilly day, I wasn’t going to pass up on this opportunity.  This took me back to China where I discovered it. It kinda tastes healthy but is not really, made with healthy matcha but lots of sugar so ok for a rare treat.

Second visit, I tried the chicken and vege set with miso. It was divine and the veges were al dente just like I like them. Portions are great so I didn’t need the rice, so a good paleo dish. They offer a glutenfree and vegetarian menu too.

Service was friendly and efficient, however as this place is really spacious and elongated in style, staff work down the back, so you may have to wave or holler for their attention (hoping the former not the latter!). It’s clean and light, with funky Japanese murals on the wall.  I defo will return as there are so many yummy dishes to try, including the green tea icecream. Itadakimasu.

Shanghai Highlights

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First stop Shanghai via business class with Air New Zealand. A sensational way to start our holiday. The food, entertainment and service was amazing. The 10 day tour was the best way to see a lot in a short time. It was very flexible and gave us independence. http://www.chinaodysseytours.com Continue reading