A'meza

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  • 345 Dominion Road
    Mount Eden, Auckland

  • Family Asian Fusion
    • $$$ - Avg Main $30+

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A'meza

  • 345 Dominion Road
    Mount Eden, Auckland
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Viva
Visited @ 1 February 2017 magazine

People sometimes ask me how they can get into food writing, and I tell them that nobody is stopping them from writing about food. “Why don’t you start where I did and create a blog?” I often suggest. “Pick a quirky project like eating at every single restaurant on Dominion Rd, people love that sort of stuff.”

I give this advice for two reasons. First, I like to give something back to the young people. Second, dining at even half the restaurants on Dominion Rd would lead to a quick salt-induced death, leaving one less aspiring food writer lining up to nudge me out of my cushy job at Viva.

There are dozens of tasty cheap eats along this road — the clue is in the parking restrictions, which limit visitors to just 30 minutes. That’s long enough to shovel in a dozen dumplings at Barilla, but barely enough time to browse the wine list and get some bread at A’Meza, a new restaurant with elevated food, drinks and service in the old Columbus Coffee site nearly half way down the strip.

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New Zealand Herald
Visited @ 15 January 2017 newspaper

A plate of housemade pandesal started proceedings nicely: a staple in the Philippines, these yeasty, slightly salty bread rolls are rolled in fine breadcrumbs before baking, lending them an agreeably gritty texture. Served with a lavender-scented whipped mixture of curd and butter (standing in for the kesong puti, the paneer-like cheese that is the standard accompaniment) they were a treat.

The entree selection included prawn beignets - a sensationally crispy take on dim sum dumplings - and lovely little round fish cakes, topped with a pungent chipotle mayo. Beetroot was cleverly paired with apple and egg yolk.

There had been debate about whether we should chance three mains - I had to put my foot down here and we were all glad I did. Gnocchi with coriander and goat's cheese were adjudged by the Professor - a hard-to-please judge of gnocchi - as the best she'd eaten.

Duck, was thick slices of pink, juicy leg meat with a sambal-inspired sauce and glutinous rice made green using matcha, which is powdered green tea: a pan-Asian delight. Meanwhile the lechon was not, alas, the entire piglet on a pole, but a perfect slab of belly, so slowly rendered that the skin was wafer-thin and crisp as a kettle fry. It came on a summery broth of vegetables that foregrounded asparagus and tomato. I can't wait to return for this dish alone.

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New Zealand Herald
Visited @ 5 November 2016 newspaper

Polenta with miso. Duck breast with matcha rice. Beetroot with salted yolk. A'meza bills itself as pan-Asian, but one glance at the menu and it's clear this is no ordinary Dominion Rd cheap and cheerful.

For starters (literally) the dishes are works of art. House-baked pandesal is served in a pale wooden box with a quenelle of milk curd (think cream cheese meets butter) and a sprinkle of lavender salt. The bread, slightly sweet and enriched with egg, is a Filipino breakfast staple. Having it for dinner is a terrific introduction to the heritage of this restaurant's chefs and owners, Wilfred Laysico and Leah Escondo.

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