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“Overpriced”
Review of MooChowChow

MooChowChow
Ranked #65 of 2,344 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 27, 2013

It's kind of like a Thai Tapas, so the meals are brought through as they are cooked and shared between the members of the dining party. The menu primarily consisted from rough memory of one page of food, one page of desserts and about five pages of wines, beers and cocktails.

First off the positives:

- the actual decor and atmosphere was pleasant and staff were attentive.

- we had the crab which was to their credit very nice, a very sweet type meat in a tempura casing with strong fish sauce presence which to me seemed authentically Thai.

Now for the negatives which were many:

- a small complaint or observation the seats had no backs which may annoy some people.

- Just like other reviewers have said it is overpriced and has undersized portions.

- It should also be noted the tap beer glasses seemed small, the wine amounts stingy and when my mother ordered a Pina Colada I am not kidding when I say it came with a chunk of ice the size of a golf ball!

- The food quality was average

- When we left I felt this place was ideal for those with 'too much money and not enough sense' however on reflection the wording needs to be: for those with 'more money than sense'. I will let you infer on the subtle difference in the wording.

- To emphasise subtle wording differences: we left not so much: not full, but: still hungry and $150 lighter in the pocket for what was about 3 and a bit meals plus drinks shared among three diners.

- The cheeky eftpos machine also asked for a tip, which was laughable given the meal price and NZ staff do not receive tips as a general rule, as they receive a fair wage.

The main reason for an average rating as opposed to good or excellent was our expectation of getting a meal as opposed to what this restaurant seems more set out to offer that being a social drink spot with 'snacky cakes'.

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1  Thank gingamusings
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Really liked the food here although it had been over hyped - went here with relatives and couldn't hear our conversations due to far too loud music and seriously noisy tables who I think in fairness were also trying to simply chat over dinner. Seriously expensive fir what you get and my cocktail clearly had been shirt measured . Felt like trying to have dinner in a nightclub !! Needs to decide whether it is a pub club or restaurant and stick to it ! Found staff a bit brisk and more into high fiving each other every few mins ! Wouldn't return unless noise down a good bit - shame because food is very good indeed.

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Thank lmcjaxx
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Hey don't get me wrong here. The food was okay but not amazing (except the goat curry!!). The dishes were over priced and under in size. The staff tried but tried too hard. Overall a "nice" dinner but not worth returning too.

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1  Thank Roboduck999
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Booked a table at Moochowchow based on recommendations from trip advisor. From the moment we were seated our waiter Michael was very helpful and informative. He explained that the dishes would come out at differing times once they were ready to be served. The food was excellent, lots of intense, fresh spicy flavours. The five spiced chicken and caramelised pork hock were our favourites. As there were four of us, we ordered each of the desserts and thoroughly enjoyed them all, although the sesame bananas and coconut ice cream were particular favourites.

I thought is was great value for money, we came away very satisfied and will definitely return.

Thank Sharon P
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Counless number of good reviews is your evidence - need I add any more? Great location in Ponsonby, good parking just around the corner (it is one-way street so slightly sneaky but once you get the hang of it, perfect parking), beautiful and friendly staff.

Love, love, love their alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic cocktails - their lemonade is to die for. And the food - I would definitely recommend having pork in this place, as their pork spring roll is delicious for a starter, the caramelised pork comes in generous portion and it's just mouth-watering. Also, the five spice chicken is quite something to spice up your tastebuds.

If you stick with pork and chicken - as that is where the strength of MooChowChow's Thai cuisine lies - you will be in the midst of constant foodgasm throughout your evening here.

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Thank NoMadLady22
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