Monsoon Poon, Auckland, New Zealand

Monsoon Poon, April 2014, Restaurant Review, The Flawed GuruMonsoon Poon is one of the few Auckland restaurants that I’ve frequented often, as there’s so much damn choice here in Aucks that when you find something you really like I tend to want to go back a lot. So seeing as I was here for the long Easter weekend with my girl friend, we were dressing up nice, and our hotel was near the waterfront, taking her to the Poon seemed like the perfect choice.

As we walked in, the atmosphere was cool as usual, with a nearly packed restaurant, and lots of good smells and sounds. We had to wait for 15 minutes for our table, so sat at the bar, where I got myself an Apple and Elder Flower cider and a spicy cocktail for the lovely lady. Mine was refreshing, and hers was yummy, so it was off to a good start.

We finally got our table and we went about picking what we wanted to eat. I was going to have the main special, Mi Goreng with Malaysian Chicken, and my partner was getting the 25 Spiced Lamb Curry, with Coconut Rice, an Aloo Naan, and Papadum’s for the starter. So a healthy portion and what seemed like a damn good choice all round! So the waiter took our order, placed out some napkins and cutlery, and we waited for the food.

Monsoon Poon, April 2014, Restaurant Review, The Flawed GuruIt only took a minute or so when our starter turned up, but this was not the Papadum’s with Chutney as ordered. Instead they looked like those colourful chips you get from Asian restaurants, and we thought maybe this was a free table offering and what we ordered would still be coming, as it was brought to the table by someone other than who took the order.

So we ate the yummy offering, and started to wonder if they had in fact stuffed up the order, but we decided to just go with it. Not long after, the rice came, which was presented pretty sweetly in a cone shape, then came her curry and the naan, and then three other dishes which didn’t look like what we ordered. Again, not really sure what the special was going to look like, we just went with it.

The waitresses mistake was quickly worked out when she served my dish to the table just down from us. She then said sorry a lot, and fumbled the plates, but then we had what we were meant to have, all except the Papadum’s of course. Mine was fricken awesome though, and I was sooooo glad I picked it! The curry was also pretty decent and nicely spicy with a great after taste, though the aloo naan was average, as I’ve had better.

Monsoon Poon, April 2014, Restaurant Review, The Flawed GuruWe both got pretty full, and with half the rice left, 1/4 of the curry, and two small bits of naan, we sat back content, though still thinking about finishing it all off. That’s when a third person came to ask if she could take away our finished plates, and we said yes. She then proceed to clear away everything, even the food we hoped to still eat. Being both full, we actually didn’t mind it being taken away as we would have just over eaten if we continued, but we weren’t completely happy with her assuming she could take everything.

We then went and paid for the bill and were served by the girl who had cleared all our food away, and she was a little distant in her service at this point, and tended to not offer eye contact, which was a little off putting. But I got my jacket from their rack, and we left having had a lovely meal together. All up though the service was a bit of a letdown, and the aloo naan was average, but it was still a decent meal and experience at the Poon.

8 out of 10 from me!!!

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