Gr8 Tandoori – At Last, Somewhere To Lunch In Lower Hutt.

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Gr8 Tandoori, Lower Hutt.

Today my little family went to a new Indian restaurant in Lower Hutt and I am pleased to announce, we loved it.  It was delicious and full of fresh spices. It is in a funny little spot and well worth finding. If you come out of the mall at that crossing where you can cross all the ways, walk in front of Cash Converters and go left in the little parking lot. It is next to the Cheesecake Shop.

When we walked in it looked fantastic and smelt wonderful. The decor is modern Indian and lovely. The seating is tables and booths and the kitchen open to view. Our visit was for Sunday lunch as they have a special lunch menu and we love our Indian lunches. They are good value and include rice and plain naan bread for around $10.  You can upgrade your plain naan for a $1 and add a soft drink for the same amount.

This time we went straight for the main but on our next visit we will certainly try some starters. Miss Muffin was very Kiwi and ordered a Butter Chicken (mild) with a plain naan, Mr M had the Chicken Balti (Indian hot) with a plain naan and I used the opportunity to eat some cauliflower and had Aloo Gobi with a garlic naan. The portion sizes were large and the serving bait dish was stacked full of food, the portion of rice was also a very good size and the naan were big and very fresh.

We all enjoyed our food. Miss Muffin finished most of her meal in record time. Mr Muffin liked the heat of his curry and the fact that the naan was not dripping in oil or butter. I loved the freshness of my cauliflower and potato and the taste of cumin. This was a very successful lunch stop and we will be back. We often struggle to find somewhere we want to eat in the Hutt at lunch time, problem solved. I think we will soon be going in the evening to meet friends who love their Indian food too.

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Petone- it is NOT THAT FAR PEOPLE.

I can’t believe the amount of people who think Petone is like a million miles away.from Wellington. From our house, up near Mount Kaukau, we can be there and parked in 15 minutes. Parking is easy and the drive is pretty.

In the past few years Petone has grown into a foodie heaven. It is another place we love to do our cheap family weekend lunches. It has good foodie shopping as well with Ontrays, The Dutch Shop , Ankurs Nice n Spice , The Spice Rack and probably a couple I have forgotten.

It is also a great place to go in the evening, it has some great watering holes. The Sprig and Fern is at the Wellington end of Jackson Street, there is also the Speights pub but we have never been in there. Down further there is Queen of Jackson which is fairly new, has a great beer selection and has a roof top terrace (will be visiting it soon) and close by is the former Empire, now called The Butcher and Brewer.  We will also be visiting and eating at The Butcher and Brewer, our plan is to get The Big Butcher as we will have my parents visiting . I will come back and report.

Just a quick plug before I get onto writing about where I have eaten- Petone now also has a brewery , down the side street by Mcdonalds is Baylands Brewery and Beer Supplies. 

So time for me to lecture you, I will start from the Wellington end of Jackson Street.

K Sing- 

Mains around $17, large portions

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This is another family Saturday lunch place. We came here on whim about 4 years ago and have been coming back every couple of months since. Miss Muffin (11yrs) is just beginning to explore more dishes and grow her taste buds, her normal order is chicken satay, summer rolls and plain rice.
I am not going into big descriptions of the food because you need to experience the wonderful fresh tastes yourself. The portions are large and the menu is the same at lunch time as in the evening. In the evening you do need to book and it has the added extra of being BYO wine and beer. Their home steamed peanuts in sesame are for sale near the till, they are good.

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Kilim

Mains around $15 at lunch

Love, love, love the vegetarian meze plate with all the bits. This is one of the places I come with girlfriends for a plate of yum and a good chat. For a kebab place it is more pricey than average, I think it is worth it. For some reason husband and daugher are not fans. I am happy to keep it as my place.

First Choice-

Mains around $17

This is a funny place, the food isn’t what you would call authentic but is still good. I would liken it to chip shop Chinese in a restaurant environment. When we have been we have enjoyed eating in a group of people and sharing lots of dishes. The cumin lamb has been a favourite.When eating in here there is a real mixed bunch of people. Some eat Chinese and others steak, egg and chips. You can even get a slice of white buttered bread.I wouldn’t go here for the real Chinese deal but more the Western idea of what Chinese food is. It is good food.

Taylors on Jackson- NOW CLOSED

Mains around $30

I have posted about my feelings about Glen’s food before here. As I can cook I choose to eat out food that wouldn’t be so easy to do at home, this is that food. You can read others reviews all over the internet and see that I am not the only one loving the flavours and combinations, have a look on Zomato.  This is a great place for a celebration, a chat and dinner with friends and because you need to believe in unpretentious good food.

Mr Ji’s Kitchen-

Lunch meals (includes rice) around $14, in the evening around $18

Another Saturday lunch time haunt for our little family. We have been coming to Mr Ji’s for a good few years now, mainly at lunch time but there has been the odd evening meal too. At all times we have found the food excellent and with lovely big portions. Our lunch time order is usually some pan-fried dumplings, spring onion bread (kind of like roti), main ,for me- shredded pork with garlic sauce , Kung Pao chicken for Mr and either noodles or satay chicken for Miss. We also have the tea.The portions at lunch time are huge and easily enough to be a meal. They always have a good serving of veg with them and it is different veg for different dishes.We have always had good service and have never had to wait too long for food.

And now  couple of additions that aren’t in Jackson Street.

La Bella Italia-

Prices vary, can use Entertainment Book.

What a fast, efficient and lovely place to have a sociable meal in. My only complaint would be that the portion could have been bigger as all my pasta vanished far too quickly.Walking into here it is hard to believe that you are not going to walk out and actually be in Italy. It is rather disappointing to be in an industrial part of Petone but you can see the sea.This place is a definite on the using the Entertainment Book voucher.

Maharajas-

Mains around $18

Have just had dinner here on a Tuesday night.  I went with another foodie who had never been before, we left full, very happy and talking of our return.
If you drive to go here and get put off by the outside, please go in. The resturant is out the back and a lovely set up. This is a family business that has been running for nearly 25 years, the owner told us that tonight.
When I told my husband I was coming here with a girlfriend, he was jealous. That is how good this place is.  We have been a good few times and have not had a bad meal. The one particular thing that keeps us coming back are the  kathi rolls, read the menu and look at the starters.
If you want real Indian food and to taste great fresh spices, come here.

Crazy Cakes and Donuts-

About $3 a donut.

This place is my guilty secret, as I bake a lot I am rather fussy when it comes to slices and cakes. Crazy Cakes and Donuts wins me over and keeps me happy everytime.These are not the deepfried cinnamon and sugar type of donut but more the bread kind. I like them that much that I have figured out if you buy the kids bunny shaped donut you get more. I always go for the iced variety and the husband tries all different kinds from the Filipino side on the right.This is a family run business, give them a go.