23 Ponsonby Road
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Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets and food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow is a boost to the senses. Chef Che Barrington captures the vibrant ZANG of sweet+sour+salty and hot that makes Thai food a party-in-your-mouth.
Cocktails of fresh fruits, shaved ice and smashed herbs will cool, refresh and tantalise.If you’re game enough to brave the steepest stairs in Auckland, a discreet oasis of luxury awaits you. Our elegant private dining room comfortably accommodates groups from eight to twenty-five people. We offer set banquet menus starting at $50 per person and we’ll happily personalise them to the dining requirements of your group.
Freshly-shucked oyster, red chilli nahm jimPrice: $6.00
Seared scallop w/ lemongrass, peanut, shredded coconut, roasted chilli limePrice: $7.00
Son-in-law egg, chilli jam, cashew, mint, crispy fried shallotPrice: $8.00
Caramelised pork & prawn, pineapple, coriander & peanut (3 pieces)Price: $12.00
Crispy roll of pulled pork, coriander, mint, roasted peanut, nahm jimPrice: $12.00
Hot, sour & salty salad of wild mushroom, roasted chilli, shallot, coriandePrice: $18.00
Jasmine-smoked tofu, tomato, ginger, coriander, tamarind dressingPrice: $20.00
Squid, green apple, caramelised pork, Vietnamese mint, lemongrassPrice: $22.00
Dry red curry of soft-shell crab, wild ginger, lime leaf, chilli, Thai basiPrice: $32.00
Caramelised pork hock, cucumber & chilli vinegar
Massaman curry of wild goat, pickled garlic, crispy fried shallot, roastedPrice: $32.00
Jungle curry, market fish, wild ginger, snake bean, green peppercornPrice: $32.00
Red curry, chargrilled beef, chilli, straw mushroom, ginger, lemongrassPrice: $32.00
Soy-braised free-range chicken w/ fried garlic, crispy shallots, roasted ch
Crispy smoked salmon, peanut, chilli jam, lemongrass, shallot, red chilli &Price: $28.00
Green papaya, peanut, cherry tomato, snake bean, tamarindPrice: $20.00
Coconut & bean sprout salad w/ coriander, roasted peanut & coconut creamPrice: $10.00
Stir-fried Asian greens, oyster sauce, ginger, garlic & chilliPrice: $10.00
Thai jasmine ricePrice: $3.00
Our own hand-made candy bar of dark chocolate, nougat & marshmallowPrice: $12.00
Frozen caramel parfait, raspberries, honeycomb praline, white chocolate, ginger & toasted coconutPrice: $15.00
Lemongrass coconut sugar custard, star anise & pineapple syrup, cassia, crystal crumbPrice: $15.00
Rich chocolate mousse, banana fritters, popcorn crunch, salted peanut caramelPrice: $15.00
The Ned Noble Sauvignon - Marlborough 2013
Marisco Noble Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough 2011
Beaumalric Muscat Beaumes de Venise - Rhône Valley 2013
Château Baulac Dodijos Sauternes - Bordeaux 2012
Pyramid Valley Late Harvest Riesling - Waipara (750mls) 2008
Sweet Orange, Butterscotch & Grand MarnierPrice: $15.00
De Kuyper XO Cherry Brandy & Liqueur 43Price: $15.00
Herradura Tequila & Crème de CacaoPrice: $15.00
The Isles Of Tennesse
Jack Daniels Honey & DrambuiePrice: $15.00
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Restaurant Review: MooChowChow, Ponsonby4.5 Viva 12 October 2016
I recently acted as MC at a dinner full of posh people with money and taste — not the usual thing I get hired for, which is more along the lines of jacked-up pet food salesmen doing Frangelico shots and singing along to Mambo No. 5.
The latter sometimes barely know who I am but they make a good audience for comedy — some sexual innuendo here, insulting somebody’s necktie there — by the end of the night we’ve become so chummy it’s hard to walk past the bar without someone shouting me a hazelnut-flavoured liqueur.
Restaurant review: MooChowChow, PonsonbyNew Zealand Herald 9 August 2015
MooChowChow is where the Auckland trend began of letting top chefs loose on Asian cuisine. Chef Che Barrington has since branched out (Blue Breeze Inn and Chop Chop Noodle House in Ponsonby Central; Woodpecker Hill in Parnell) and others have followed suit - Josh Emett's Madam Woo is a recent and welcome arrival. But dinner at MooChowChow, where the main flavour is Thai though there are bits of Malaysian and Chinese too, felt like paying respect where it's due.
In my review when it opened four years ago, I described it as "bringing fine-dining technique to bear on the street-market food of Asia", though no street-market hawker I've seen does beef short rib, slow-roasted pork hock and skin-on tarakihi, which are three of this place's more notable delights.
That pork hock, caramelised to a glorious chewiness and served with cucumber, and a sweetly fragrant curry of wild goat have been on the menu since day one but the rest has always been subject to change depending on the season and the availability of ingredients.
- Metro Top 50 2016 received @ 13 April 2016 None