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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Giggles Cafe & Grill Restaurant
124 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
09 534 1199

Dinner was at this Mexican restaurant which was a good 20 minutes drive from the city. Apparently, Cajun and Creole styled dishes are the restaurant's specialties.

The starter was Fresh Mushrooms (NZD$9) which were fried in a spiced batter. The earthy mushroom was easily the size of my fist! I liked the spices used to marinate the mushroom which gave it a kick.

The Grilled Blackened Fish (NZD$20.90) was horrible. It was overcooked and the flesh was so dry and tough. The sweet chilli sauce didn't help matters at all and tasted like the type used by MacDonald's.

The dessert menu was rather limited with the usual choices like sundaes and chocolate cakes. Granny's Hot Apple Pie (NZD$8.90) sounded like a safe choice after the disappointing main. Served with vanilla ice cream, the pie was decent enough but nothing outstanding.
Although the food leaves more to be desired, the service was impeccable. The friendly waitress was very attentive and cleared our plates as soon as we've finished. But that may be due to the fact that the barely half of the restaurant was occupied by diners.

All in all, the food definitely need to be improved upon. I did a google search just now and found out that a diner also complaint that the fish was overcooked and dry in a review. Too bad I only read this after the meal!


7:16 PM



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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