Coriander’s, Ethnic Indian – Rolleston, Canterbury

Living in Auckland as one does, we’re plagued by very average Indian restaurants – seriously hard to find a ‘good’ one.  If I want a decent curry I typically have to go around to my mate Venkat’s, the only downside is they are vegetarian, but it still works.  Then there is this little dairy I found in Avondale, the old lady in there sells these nice, juicy fat samosas for $0.60, but alas vegetarian (and no, I am not sharing that address).

All little Bon wants now whilst writing this is a nice hot beef vindaloo – oh my, salivating thinking about it 🙁

So anyway, I was down in Darfield recently visiting my legendary cousin Stephan following the passing of his dear wife from breast cancer (sadly they had no cancer cover in place).  After most of the relatives had departed town, he suggested we go to his favourite Indian for lunch – he advised it could quite possibly be the best I would ever try.

Turns out he was correct!  And looking at the size of him of late, he clearly visits Coriander’s a lot.

Sadly the photos on the day aren’t up to scratch – but boy oh boy did we feast like kings.  I am visiting the cousin again later this month and we are definitely going back for round two.

Overall score: 11/10 – fantastic ‘authentic’ and ‘ethnic’ Indian food

Coriander’s, 70-76 Rolleston Drive – 03 347 2315 – Five locations

Try it Out – Vietnamese Restaurant

I’ve been visiting Try it Out for over 20 years and it never disappoints.  Consistently good food that’s well priced, back by great service.

If you want a good meal that hits all the right spots, then Try it Out is worth a visit.  You’ll go back again and again, even if you live on the other side of town.

Miss Lai and I enjoyed a lovely lunch once again at what we consider to be our favourite.  Life is grand when you know you’re to have a great experience and when you get to hang out with one of your besties.

Overall score: 10/10 in every aspect for Try it Out once again.

79 Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu, Auckland – 09 276 9339

The Orient – Penrose, Auckland

What a find this place is, it’s fantastic in fact.

Tucked in the grounds of One Tree Hill College, you head left in the car park to their designated spots and walk over about 50 metres under a couple of magnificent tress.

I’ve now been about three times and have had the best experience.  The coffee is great (free if you take it with a lunch deal).  It appears to be an Asian Fusion type cafe/restaurant.  Whatever you order it appeals – simple.

My typical lunch of late is the Sweet and Sour Chicken accompanied by the long black for only $15.  The portion size of the meal is BIG, I have thought of asking for it in a takeaway dish, to do just that, the leftovers that is.  It is a real struggle to get through this delicious and brilliantly presented meal.

Friendly staff and brilliant atmosphere to match – what more does anyone want.

Overall score: 10/10 – excellence at its finest – in fact I might call in today for lunch once again. The Orient is on Instagram, check them out to see some amazing food in its purest presentation form – bravo.

453 Great South Rd, Penrose, Auckland – 09 525 1536