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This is our Asian food review debut!
We’ve been long dedicated customers of Try It Out, who have their main store in Otahuhu. More recently they opened relatively closer to us which was an immense delight. The restaurant is flasher than its older counterpart with higher ceilings and more modern tables – don’t expect anything exquisite and out of the world, this is a family restaurant sporting a more casual atmosphere. The staff are very friendly in both places.

Our usual staples and eating methods are:
Lemongrass pork vermicelli – pour the fish sauce in and toss well.
Fried spring rolls – tactically split the spring roll into two, dip the open end in and wrap in lettuce, repeat.
Beef noodle soup – soak the bean sprouts (which come separately) in the soup on arrival, squeeze the lemon juice in and ‘cook’ the beef in the soup if you do not wish to eat them medium rare.
Red bean ice drink to share – the coconut cream is too much for us in one go so we usually ask for a separate glass with shaved ice only and divide the drink into two. However I would suggest trying it as is for the first time.

We were feeling like we should really explore their menu a bit and selected a sweet and sour tofu to try this time round. It was good, full of flavour but in all honesty I wouldn’t order it again, the Malaysians do this dish much better. We also switched up the pork for chicken. All in all I love this food because its refreshing and that fish sauce (‘nuoc mamma’ in Vietnamese) is simply divine. We definitely prefer this over the typical Chinese fried rice and noodle dishes but that may be because we’ve had those too often for our liking haha. So as the name suggests, go Try It Out! (ha ha ha)

Grilled chicken vermicelli

Beef noodle soup

Beef noodle soup

Red bean iceSweet and sour tofu

Try It Out.
79 Atkinson Ave, Otahuhu or 20 Torrens Road, Botany Downs (Across the road from Nishiki).


Korean BBQ has to be one of my all-time favourite cuisines. Having lived in Korea for over half a year, I realised there aren’t many restaurants in New Zealand that could live up to the standards at a reasonable price.  Faro is one of New Zealand’s best Korean restaurants. The food however is slightly dear, so when a GrabOne deal popped up – for the price of $59, a couple could have a 6 course meal plus 2 drinks, I jumped at the chance and quickly snatched up a few of these coupons, hoping to relive those days.

One thing I love about Korean cuisine is the side dishes. The deal comes with nine side dishes as well as three entrees. Within the meat selection, I enjoyed the marinated beef and prawns. Between five people we shared two coupons and were reasonably satisfied but if you are a big eater, I would recommend ordering some more portions of meat.

The interior of the restaurant adds an extra touch to the meal. Faro is definitely worth a try if you’re craving for a decent Korean BBQ meal or just wanting to try something different.

Hope you are all are having a wonderful Easter weekend, it’s a special time for us to thank what has been given to us unconditionally 🙂 .

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Faro Restaurant
49 Nuffield St, New Market, Auckland.


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