Little India opens in Mungavin Homestead
Little India’s Porirua restaurant opened recently, with the promise of good Indian fare and a wedding venue to boot.
Little India began in Dunedin in 1991. It opened its first Wellington eatery in 1997 in Blair St, before further restaurants were opened in Cuba Mall (2002), Lower Hutt (2004) and Upper Hutt (2009).
The Porirua restaurant is situated in the historic Mungavin Homestead.
‘‘ We want to provide the community of Porirua and its suburbs North Indian food as you would get it in India. No need to pay the airfare and other expenses travelling to India, you can get it right here,’’ owner Jugnu Gill says.
Lunch is available from 11.30am to 2pm and evening dining takes place seven days a week from 5pm. Takeaway and home delivery is also available.
Mr Gill says their premises are also available for special occasions.
‘‘If you are thinking of getting married, having a party for a special occasion, Mungavin Homestead offers the ideal location and venue for such an event.’’
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says it is great to have someone take up the lease of the homestead. ‘‘It’s an example of quality eating in the city. You’ll go there for good food and service and the environment.’’
The homestead had been empty since late last year, when Mungavin Blues folded, with owners Porirua City Council entertaining the notion of selling it at one stage.
Since the Mungavin family sold the property in 1958, the estate has fulfilled a variety of uses – home to the No 41 Air Training Corps squadron, the Salvation Army and an arts and craft group, before being converted for a restaurant in 1990.