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Every now and again you come across a restaurant so good, you dream about their food for weeks after. White and Wong’s Restaurant was exactly that. UNFORGETTABLE! As a result, my husband and I spoke about the delicious food we had many weeks after our visit.
I never knew that a restaurant could have such a lasting impression. What was our first night out turned into one of the most memorable nights we have had to date. Nestled amongst the streets in downtown picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand we discovered a restaurant named White and Wongs. Admittedly we had walked passed it many times before but never had an opportunity to try out the food.
As we entered we were greeted by a friendly host. She led us up to be seated at the high top area overlooking the kitchen. We were blown away by the decor and the warm ambiance. The restaurant decadently decorated with bold colours and an array of wallpapers was breathtaking. The interesting monkey hanging lanterns were a quant addition to this already inspiring restaurant. We were excited about the experience ahead.
About White and Wong’s Restaurant
Their website describes their food as ‘east meets west’ cuisine. Taking classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand and creating an eclectic menu to pick and choose from. They currently have three sites, two in Auckland (Viaduct & Newmarket) and one in Queenstown.
White and Wong’s has a variety of meals to choose from. Our waiter gave us a rundown on the specials for the evening and also advised on their banquet menu options. They have an extensive menu that will be appealing to most Asian food lovers. I don’t generally like to share my food. But, with so many choices we were left unsure as to which meals to choose and ended up sharing the following:
Chicken Pad Thai noodles
Fried Dumplings (Money Bags)
Our intention was to continue tasting many of the other items on their menu. But once we had finished the above we found ourselves rather satisfied and decided that we would have to come back to try more items. I have my eye on:
- Gua bao. Korean fried chicken with pickled cucumber, sesame seeds, sriracha slaw
- Crispy fried sweet & sour pork with spring onion, shallots
- Shaking Beef, wok-fried pasture-fed beef fillet with garlic, ginger & soy, red onion, cress and coriander
- Bang Bang Chicken. Shredded chicken, cucumber, bean sprouts, peanuts and sesame seeds with black vinegar & chili dressing
- Coconut crème brûlée with roasted coconut chips, Manjari chocolate sorbet
Undeniably I left White and Wong’s restaurant inspired. The following week I attempted both the bao buns and pad Thai at home. It was good. However, what is even better is when I found out that they had launched their own Cookbook. Available to the public, you too can now enjoy making their signature dishes right at home!
Recommendation for White and Wong’s Restaurant
As a result of this outstanding experience and the incredible food, we will definitely be back to try other items on the menu. We couldn’t find fault in anything at White and Wong’s Queenstown. 5 out of 5 from us!
Until next time!