Mekong Baby

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262 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby
Auckland,
1011

(09) 360 1113

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Review byBrett Atkinson2/08/2013

Mekong Baby, Ponsonby - Restaurant Review

Vibe

Occupying the Ponsonby corner location formerly known as GPK, Mekong Baby channels a chic South East Asian ambience. Stylish overhead lighting illuminates the spacious main dining room, and we’re also partial to the more intimate bar area, perfect for a few shared plates and cocktails after work. The menu presents flavours inspired by all the cuisines – Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian and Thai – found along the Mekong River.

Service

With an ethos of ‘everything is prepared fresh, delivered immediately, and designed to be shared’, service from the kitchen was very smooth, but actually too prompt and unstructured. We’d have preferred to be served lighter, more subtle dishes like the citrus cured wagyu, before the more robust and dominating flavours of our goat curry. We were also served our steamed rice well after the delivery of another bigger shared dish.

Drinks List

Asian-inspired cocktails include a zingy chilli and ginger Mojito, and a guava Margarita with chilli-infused tequila. More than 20 Kiwi craft beers are available by the bottle, and on tap craft brews ($10) currently include Croucher’s Pilsner and the bold Hop Back IPA from the Twisted Hop in Christchurch. The excellent wine list reflects owner Dominque Parat’s background in fine dining, and befitting a chic Asian restaurant opening in Auckland in 2013, of course there’s a comprehensive tea menu.

Highlights

Hold the presses. Like the steamed buns with pork belly at The Blue Breeze Inn, we reckon Mekong Baby’s quail egg dumplings with prawn mince and coconut sambal ($6) are also contenders for Auckland’s most delicious hand-held morsels. Wrap the whole shebang up in a betel leaf and you’re sorted. Also terrific is the pork belly with apple slaw and chilli caramel ($26), and a rich and robust Madurese goat curry with lime and coconut ($28).

The Bottom Line

With its fusion focus on Southeast Asian food, Mekong Baby is deliciously on trend, and a versatile and hip combination of restaurant and bar. For indecisive and curious diners, the ‘Let’s Eat’ option serves up a selection of favourite dishes for $60 per person.

A Reason to Return

For more hand-held goodness, as we’ve also heard great things about Mekong Baby’s betel leaves with crab, kaffir lime and chilli ($6). Heading into the warmer months, the smashed green papaya salad with roasted red chilli, prawn floss, peanuts, snake beans, cherry tomatoes and lime ($16) sounds like a pretty fine approximation of zingy som tam salads we’ve enjoyed from Thai and Lao street stalls.

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