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The views expressed in this blog are based entirely on personal tastes and preferences. Please do not take them as professional interpretations.

If you have any comments/suggestions/places you think serve great food, do share with us! Email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the tag board. Thanks and cheers to future gastronomical adventures!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mezze Bar
9 Durham Street East, Auckland City, New Zealand
9 307 2029

Zoey and I met up for a late lunch before she flies back to Hong Kong tomorrow morning. For this farewell lunch, I brought her to this Auckland icon established since 1992. It's not very easy to find this place as it's hidden along a narrow lane.

The Grilled Mushrooms and Polenta Triangles (NZD$19.50) came with crumbed feta and a leafy salad. The portion of mushrooms was generous and I like the sweet and tangy dressing. However, the polenta wedges were sorely underseasoned as they were rather bland and tasteless.


Zoey had the Smoked Chicken Salad (NZD$18.50) which was drizzled with lemon juice and chilli, served with wood fired Turkish bread. I didn't try it but the presentation looked fabulous.

I like the relaxed and ambient atmosphere which makes this inner-city space very warm and inviting. The staff were very friendly and even helpfully took a photo of us.

The food was nothing out of the extraordinary but value for money since the serving was huge. This is a good place to stop by for a slice of cake after shopping at nearby Queen Street.

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WELCOME!

In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!

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