Lamb kebab roll – The Kebab House

Lamb kebab roll - The Kebab House
Served with pita bread, fresh salad, garlic yogurt. $10.50 NZD
The Kebab House, Auckland NZ

Meh, this was just ok. I thought that the lamb kebab could have been more tender and moist. There was also very little salad and yogurt.

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Calamari – Oyster & Chop

Calamari - Oyster & Chop
Furikake crumb, togarashi sprinkle, yuzu mayo. $19 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Wow, this was probably one of the best calamari dishes I’ve had! The  squid was super tender, the breading was delicious, and it was perfectly fried. Combine that with the Japanese flavors and you have a winning plate!

Roast beetroot salad – Oyster & Chop

Roast beetroot salad - Oyster & Chop
Shaved pickled beetroot, roast beetroot, candied walnuts, Drunken Nanny Ash goat’s cheese, lime and vanilla dressing $19 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Mmm, I loved this beet dish! It was so delicious and there was an amazing variety of flavors and textures. I especially liked the goat cheese spread underneath and the pea shoots on top.

Parra Bay oysters – Oyster & Chop

Parra Bay oysters - Oyster & Chop
Mignonette, lemon. Happy hour, each $2 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Hmm, I liked that these oysters were super affordable during happy hour, but they didn’t seem very fresh or tasty. They seemed like they could have been previously frozen which is never a good thing. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Red wines - Oyster & Chop
Elephant Hill Syrah ($13 NZD) and Mills Reef Cabernet blend ($12 NZD).

Afternoon wines – Devon On The Wharf

Afternoon wines - Devon On The Wharf
Clos Marguerite Rose ($11.50 NZD) and Passage Rock Chardonnay ($13 NZD).
Devon On The Wharf, Devonport NZ

I loved the location of this restaurant with the amazing view of downtown Auckland. I just wish their bar program would have been smarter than using tinted glasses to serve wine. This made our wine look disgusting and kept throwing me off every time I wanted to take a sip. Our wine looked liked an appletini and Kool-Aid for god’s sake!