So, Rawhiti Rd’s renowned ViKi Cafe is gone, replaced by Chi Chi Kitchen at the start of this month. ViKi’s special mixed pho was said to be the best in Auckland - but despite planning to try it for months, we didn’t get to it. Now we never will.
Tonight, on returning from our beach holiday, we got takeaway tofu and mushroom summer rolls, beef pho (we actually ordered chicken pho, but no matter) and beef salad from Chi Chi Kitchen. It was okay, but nothing special (meat a bit tough), and I’d prefer my dipping sauce on the side rather than mixed in.
The menu is short and simple at present, which is a sensible start. They say they will add six more dishes next week, and are keen for feedback.
It’s early days yet - anyone able to offer a more informed comparison?
(For anyone who is loving Vietnamese food as much as me at present, I can recommend the outstanding Le Vietnamese Kitchen in Ponsonby Rd, and can lend my copy of The Best of AA Gill).
It's that festive time of the year, to enjoy Christmas activities!
Come along and bring your family to meet Santa, the kids will have a good laugh with Jiggles the clown, have their face painted, and walk away with a balloon twisted friend!
A special performance will also be live from 11am - 1pm from The Silver & Strings.
To enter to win one of three Living Nature Summer Beauty Packs, simply head through to our competition page and insert this secret Santa code.
Aucklanders will see their rates bills soar 5 per cent to help counteract a $1 billion fall in council revenue over the next four years.
The one-off hike, up from a planned 3.5 per cent increase, will add $36 to the rates bill of an average value home before annual increases return to the previous path of 3.5 per cent rises.
The proposed increase is included in the update of Auckland Council's 10-year budget, which starts in July.
Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.
8.2% Yes8.2% Complete
88.1% No88.1% Complete
3.6% Undecided. It's too complex.3.6% Complete