Wah Fay: The re­turn to big plate sat­is­fac­tion

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

Have we all be­come ob­sessed by small plate din­ing in Auck­land? Well, if you yearn for a re­turn to qual­ity cui­sine in gen­er­ous por­tions, then wel­come to Wah Fay Restau­rant in Mt Eden!

Wah Fay re­cently opened in premises at 839 Mt Eden Rd, re­plac­ing a Viet­namese restau­rant. Chef Mr Da Wah has been turn­ing out clas­si­cal Chi­nese dishes in Auck­land for 25 years. Hong Kong­trained, he re­lies on fresh, healthy, nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents and aro­matic mari­nades and sauces; no MSG or other un­healthy ad­di­tives for Mr Wah.

‘‘Good taste and good for the body,’’ is his motto.

The menu is mostly Can­tonese, along with some no­table North China and Sichuan dishes. What ap­peals most, large por­tions aside, is the fresh­ness, crisp­ness and flavour of ev­ery­thing. You can tell im­me­di­ately the cashews and peanuts are home-roasted on the premises; the same goes for the sauces – their home-made chilli sauce is ter­rific!

In­clud­ing deep fried won­tons and spring rolls on the menu may come as no sur­prise, but their crisp fresh­ness will. An­other tra­di­tional dish, Yang Chou Fried Rice is de­scribed by many din­ers as sim­ply the best in town. The smoky ba­con and fresh ginger flavours that

Euro­pean din­ers are hard to shift from their tra­di­tional favourites, such as sweet and sour pork and sizzling beef with ginger and spring onion – and you can’t re­ally blame them as any­one see­ing the sen­sa­tional sizzling beef plat­ter go by will im­me­di­ately wish they had or­dered it.

But help­ful wait­ers do en­cour­age din­ers to try some­thing new, such as steamed blue cod or one of the many gen­er­ous prawn dishes in­clud­ing shell on and shell off op­tions: prawns with home-roasted cashew nuts, spicy Sichuan style prawns, salt and pep­per prawns, steamed gar­lic prawns, all sen­sa­tional. There is also a good range of vegetable and tofu dishes, such as braised Chi­nese mush­rooms with veges.

Wah Fay is fully li­censed, and as they are grad­u­ally build­ing up their wine cel­lar they al­low BYO wine with no cork­age charge. The word is out among lo­cals that Wah Fay Restau­rant serves se­ri­ously good and gen­er­ous food. It’s open 7 days for lunch and din­ner, at 839 Mt Eden Rd. Reser­va­tions and take­away or­ders 09 638 3268.

Full flavour and crunch in Wah Fay’s prawns and home-roasted cashews.

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