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IMG_2569LOGOMany nights ago we dined at FISH inside the Hilton Hotel down at Princes Wharf. It was a 5-course meal and cost us $55 each with a voucher.IMG_2622LOGO

1 – Mussel and tio pepe cappuccino – probably our least favourite dish of the night. Though bonus points for the cute coffee cup. This was our first encounter with foam for the night.

2 – Pepper cured kingfish with beetroot, crisp rice and crème fraiche – the fish was fresh and delicious with its beetroot friends. The peppercorns were a bit overwhelming purely because there was just so much of it.IMG_2588LOGO

3 – Mushroom and spelt risotto – I enjoyed this dish, minus the foam (sense a pattern here?). It was creamy and rich, and the risotto was cooked al dente. I prefer risotto that still has a little bit of chew to it, so if you like softer rice this may not be your cup of tea.

4 – Akaroa salmon with a herb crust, prawn and spring onion mash potatoes, and spicy pistachio butter – Both my mum and I agreed that the prawn and herb potato mash was the best thing on the plate. Since salmon is relatively rich and oily itself, I didn’t enjoy having it coated in crust. Also, go away foam!

4 – Pepper rubbed South Island venison loin with parsnip puree, roasted carrots & courgettes, and orange citrus jus – there can be no wrong said about this dish. Even our dad couldn’t stop saying how good it was – picky eaters all round. The meat was cooked medium rare and had a subtle honey taste to it. It was simple, but well done.

5 – Buttermilk panna cotta Earl Grey poached figs with hazelnut biscotti and vanilla ice-cream – this was a good way to end the meal. The vanilla ice cream is the refreshing kind, and the hazelnut biscotti perfectly crunchy. Being made from buttermilk, the panna cotta was slightly sour.IMG_2617LOGO

Service was mostly quick and attentive. A lot of the time the hotel can also validate your parking, just make sure you check with the concierge on arrival.IMG_2623LOGO

Restaurant month is almost here, get excited. We have our eye on a few menus in particular Depot serving up clams/oysters with sliders at just $25 all up! Can’t wait. Check out the menus and events here.

frontofshed10 street-eats-signThere’s no stopping hungry Aucklanders even on a rainy day. Yesterday we ventured down to Shed 10 for Big Little City’s Street Eats event as part of Restaurant Month. Chefs from coveted restaurants around the CBD left their kitchens and served up their form of street food at affordable prices. We arrived at about noon and already the shed was super crowded. It was smoky from all the grills and stoves as most of the food was cooked fresh right there and then.

First stop: Imperial Lane hotdogs ($9) – Incredibly soft bun, flavourful and delicious. We loved the dry fried onions that came with it. I was obviously way too keen and ate a large mouthful before remembering to take a photo. This was one of our favourites from the day.imperial-lane-hotdogimperial-lane-hot-dog-signVery interesting Shaky Isles stall…shakyislescoffeeSecond stop: Vue Pork, Duck and Lamb Sliders ($7) – Enjoyable and cute sliders but the fillings were relatively the same for all three except the meat itself.sliders-vueThird Stop: Merchants of Venice Risotto Balls ($7) – Crunchy exterior paired well with tangy sauce.merchantsandvenicekebabFourth Stop: Faro chicken skewers and Pumpkin Juice ($5) – in all honesty at first we did not want any pumpkin juice and were really just after the skewers but because they came in a combo we took it anyway. Turns out the pumpkin juice was yum, sweet and refreshing. It was a delight to have with the skewers. It reminded us of bamboo juice.P1018363Fifth Stop: San Pellegrino Limonata  ($5) – the finest. limonataSixth Stop: FISH Prawn Skewers ($5) – nothing special, just prawns grilled on a stick but it was nice to have some seafood after all the meat. We asked for half half in terms of spice and no spice. The bottom two, with lemon pepper, we enjoyed more.prawn-stick-from-fish fish-stallSeventh Stop (my goodness, it’s like we were starving): Toto Boscaiola Pizza ($5) – There was probably a bit too much truffle oil on the pizza than what we would have preferred but all in all it had enough ingredients piled on, enough cheese and a crispy edge.totopizzaEighth Stop: The Lucky Taco x2 ($12) – this was the longest line we had to wait in for food in the entire shed, and that tells you something. These are brilliant, brilliant tacos. They’re incredibly good, with ingredients that are paired so well. If you were following our Instagram (@twohonesttruths) you would know that we just managed to make the last order before they stopped orders for 15mins due to a large backlog. Noone moved from their position in line and it just got bigger. We were very lucky indeed. This was our other favourite of the day.luckytacogrid tacosoutsideluckytacostickertheluckytaco-signcrowds street-eats-flag

So we ended and began on extremely good notes. Street Eats was so popular most stalls sold out around the 5pm mark, some even at 2pm! There is bound to be more in the future so if you missed out on this round, there’s always the next. Check out more Restaurant Month events here. Remember to follow our Restaurant Month adventures by clicking the +Follow button on the right hand bottom corner to subscribe by email or WordPress.

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