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The Met­ro­pol­i­tan ($18.50) starter to share came with veg­e­tar­ian spring rolls, kurry puffs (ku­mara and pump­kin), fish cakes, two dip­ping sauces and ham and cheese won­tons. Yes. Ham and cheese won­tons. Talk about fu­sion. We thought the com­bi­na­tion might have worked for our fussi­est four-year-old eater but she wasn’t touch­ing them and I was re­luc­tant too. They tasted ex­actly as they sounded – tra­di­tional Chi­nese won­ton with tra­di­tional Kiwi ham and melted cheese in the mid­dle. Just wrong. Even with dip­ping sauce. It prob­a­bly wouldn’t have up­set me so much if there had been an op­tion for nor­mal won­tons but there wasn’t. Hav­ing said that, Karl liked them so there was def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion there. This was not the end of the west­ern­ised ver­sions. Our cashew nut and chicken stir fry ($17.50) ar­rived as tra­di­tional Asian but we were sur­prised to find pump­kin among the stir fried veg­eta­bles. Veg­eta­bles you can squish with your tongue just don’t have a place in a stir fry. We had avoided spicy food in the in­ter­ests of en­cour­ag­ing the chil­dren to try some dishes but I snuck in the deep-fried fish fil­lets with sweet and spicy sauce ($21.50) and in­haled enough spice to burn my nos­trils. I would have pre­ferred a lighter bat­ter than the tough cov­er­ing layer on the fish but en­joyed the kick to the taste buds. We prob­a­bly over-or­dered the gen­er­ous por­tions and the Bangkok style street noo­dles with cashew nuts, veg­eta­bles and chicken ($17.50) ar­rived last and went un­touched. For­tu­nately we took a doggy bag home and the dish was en­joyed by the kids for lunch the next day – largely be­cause it didn’t have a strong flavour. There is an ap­peal­ing chil­dren’s menu but our pip squeaks were not in­ter­ested on the night. Miss 4 was happy with boiled rice ($2.50

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