Tantalise Your Tastebuds at Tok Tok

Okay so I realise there are a lot of t’s in the heading but never mind that, let’s get to the important bit.

I wanted to share with you my experience or review so to speak on my favourite Asian restaurant Tok Tok.  I have eaten here a few times and can never get sick of the food.  Tok Tok is located in the bustling suburb of Takapuna, and you will find that they serve Asian fusion cuisine, particularly South East Asian food.  Upon entering the restaurant you will instantly be transported to what feels like a bustling restaurant in Bali, or Thailand.

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The decor inside the restaurant is amazing, from the bamboo lampshades, to the spices and the trinkets around the place.  Every time I have been to this restaurant it was full, so it pays to make a reservation.  Even the cutlery used is so unique.  Good old-fashioned tin cups and tin water canisters.

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So once you get over the decor and the whole scene, we get to the best part, the food!  Tok Tok restaurant has won ‘Best in Taste’ at Taste of Auckland, and I can see why.  It truly is an explosion of flavour, every single dish is like a party in your mouth.  Like most Asian restaurants the dishes are to be shared.  We usually get a few ‘Small’ dishes to start and then move on to the ‘Big’ dishes.

Both my husband and I were so impressed with the service. Your order is taken at the start, and the food is brought out to you once they are cooked, it just keeps coming.  I have never seen service to this level, they were so friendly and efficient, my goodness they are fast!  You are never left sitting there waiting and wondering where your meals are.  It’s like they have eye’s on everyone at all times, they just know what you need before you even know!

For our small dish we ordered the Salt ‘n Pepper Squid and the Pork & Prawn summer rolls. I have tried almost all of the small dishes from my visit’s to date, and I love Asian food so I was in heaven.  They were so fresh and flavourful, and they surprisingly light, they didn’t feel like heavy dishes which is perfect.

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We didn’t have to wait long for our big dishes.  We ordered the Crispy Hapuka Dry Red Curry and the Shaking Beef.  OMG I died and went to heaven again at this point.  The beef was super tender it was unreal.  The fish was beautiful and delicate.  We also ordered a side of rice and roti.  The rotis are small and really crispy.

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There is a lot of food on the plates so perfect for sharing!  By this stage we were in a bit of a food coma, but somehow we managed to find some space for dessert.  I mean how can you not right!  We had the Bay Leaf Panna Cotta and the Pandan Tapioca.  Oh my goodness, the Panna Cotta is so soft and silky with the unique taste of bay leaf served with caramalised banana and peanut praline.  The Tapioca had so many amazing textures, with caramalised pineapple, lychee and chilli cashew candy.  My husband wants to go back and just have the tapioca!

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We had to do a few laps of walking along Takapuna Beach afterwards to work off the food, but it was so worth it.  I can never tire of this place and there is so much choice on the menu there is something there to suit everyone.

If you have not been to Tok Tok yet, I would suggest you get there pretty quick smart, it truly is a culinary experience.

You can find Tok Tok at Shop 1 – 129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.  For more info click on the link here.

Enjoy!

Ronell x

 

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White Cloud Spur – My Take on it!

When I heard that Spur was opening up here on the North Shore I was beyond excited, being South African, and knowing what a great place it was back home.  The weekend after it opened we attempted going however the line was extremely long, and we would have been waiting probably an hour to get in and with two hungry children we made a quick U-turn.

So we decided that we would let the hype die down and then go during the week.  When Adam finished work today we dashed over in peak hour traffic to get there in record time to if I might add.  We got there around 5:15pm, dinner bookings start from 5pm so you want to go early as it does fill up.  The good thing though is, it has two levels so once the downstairs is full then they open up the top dining area.

Once you are seated, the kids get some colouring in to do and mask’s, much to my girl’s delight.  Whilst we ordered our dinner the kids played in the playground outside (check out my Facebook page Not in a Nutshell for the video of the kids playground).

The meals came out pretty quickly, first up were the kids meals, Kiara had the ribs, which where a bit on the small side.  Chloe had the pizza which was great and a lot for her (thank you I’ll take a doggy bag please!).

I ordered the Sauce burger because from memory the mushroom sauce at Spur is amazing! Well I was very disappointed, the sauce was a bit bland and the actual burger pattie itself had no seasoning on it at all!  My meal was luke warm besides the chips that were hot.  My burger kinda looked sad!  I was so looking forward to this.  I’m not sure why people are scared of using seasoning when making food!!  It drives me nuts every time.  Adam’s was no better, the chicken wings seemed poached because they were so white, rather than having some sort of char grill to it.  The sauce on his ribs were good but his meal too was luke warm as well.

All in all, we were fairly disappointed with the food, however, the atmosphere, deco and playground were fabulous, but we wont be rushing back!  I really wished I could have written an amazing review for the food but I can’t.  Please note these are just my opinion’s you might have a completely different experience with the food.

Maybe in time it will get better!

Ronell x