I guess I was bound to put this one up. Who wouldn’t. I’ve seen blogs outside of NZ talking about this place! It’s Circus Circus, located in the heart of Mt Eden Village. It’s easily noticeable and parking is not hard to find. I’ve been here a few times already and tried many things – particularly breakfast-related food. Here are some of the samples:
Baked Beans with Poached Eggs ($14.90).
Panfried Field Mushrooms ($16.90).
Gourmet Beef Burger ($17.90).
Mixed Grill ($17.90).
As you can see, presentation-wise, it’s top notch. Taste-wise, I can’t complain. It’s the usual cafe-style food. I think the the price is very reasonable. The atmosphere is great with unique decor. It can be quite deceiving seeing the place from outside and think it’s small, when in fact, it’s very deep. So, don’t worry if you see lots of people, there’s plenty of space inside. I’m a big fan of baked beans, so always like to have them for breakfast. Mixed grill is always going to be my favourite because it has everything. Otherwise, you can go for smaller options.The beef burger is not too bad. Coffee is 4.90 (a bit of the high side, but good coffee).
If you have the Entertainment book – use it! You get one free meal.
Overall, great place and worth a try. Rating = 8.5/10.
Bistro 65 is the neighbour of two very good restaurants (Safran and Archie’s Pizzeria). I say good restaurants, because they’re always busy, especially Archie’s. It was one strange afternoon (lunchtime obviously) that I passed by the area and decided to give this place a try. It’s awkwardly placed, as it is squeezed in between the two restaurants mentioned above. The inside is kinda empty and hollow, so I decided to eat outside.
Had a look at the menu and ordered the selections below:
Vegetarian Lasagne ($12).
Mixed Seafood Platter ($28.50).
Chicken Pizza (cashews cranberry finished with an avocado aioli) $12.
To be honest, the food is pretty good. The platter is really nice and tasty. The lasagne not bad. The pizza also not too bad, a bit too cheesy / salty. For the price, it’s actually quite reasonable and if you sit outside, you won’t feel so lonely. If you are confused what to have here, go for the platter. The service was good too – friendly manager (I think).
Rating = 8/10.
This is one of my favourite places to go in town. But not everyone likes this place – especially my work colleagues. Perhaps it’s the deep fried part of the dish. I am cutting down, I hope.
Kiwi Country Fast Food is located right next to BBQ King (on the corner of Queen St and Durham Lane). It’s not on the ground level, but at basement level. So it can be hard to spot.
Chicken Chop, Tofu and Vegetable on Rice ($10.50).
Herb and Spicy Chicken on Rice ($9.50).
My favourite would have to be the Herb & Spicy Chicken. The curry sauce has some addictive elements that I can’t get enough of (MSG?). The pricing of the dishes are very reasonable and food is served quite quickly. The taste is pretty good, but again, it is different for other people (i.e. my work colleagues). Dishes are served with a side of vegetables – which is not bad. But try to avoid eating the deep friend chicken – not great for your health.
I will be bias, because I quite like this place. Rating = 9/10. Great price and great food. At least try it once.