Dida’s Victoria Park

On the corner of Sale Street in Auckland CBD is where you can find one of the many Dida’s Food Store and Wine Lounge. A place where you can purchase delicious produces (i.e cheese, various condiments & meats) and enjoy Spanish tapas while drinking a glass of either local or imported wine, and because Dida’s is part of Glengarry, you will be spoiled for choice.

Our visit to Dida’s Victoria Park was on a Saturday night and it was a good thing that we went early as they close at 8:00pm between Mondays to Saturdays and 6:00pm on Sundays. The decor in the wine lounge is boutiquey and charming where most of the seating area allows you to look through the glass panels and out to the streets where you can people-watch. Their tapas menu is decent and have a variety of different dishes available – including dessert. We ordered a total of four to split between two.

I’m a cheese and cold cuts fanatic so ordering the meats and cheese platter was a must. The platter had a variety of cold cuts, bread, cheese, and most importantly, pickled cornichons. It was a great start to the meal, however, I would have preferred if they had included some hummus or dipping sauce to the patter as the bread was rather dry.

The crispy potato was served diced with a generous serving of spicy tomato sauce and aioli. It was still piping hot when it reached the table and the potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The spicy component in the tomato sauce was subtle and you can’t really go wrong with aioli.

The spanish chorizo cooked with red wine and bay leaves lacked the distinctive spicy kick. The seasoning of the sausage was slightly too salty for our liking but this was rectified by combining it with either the bread from the meats platter or the crispy potato.

Our order of the mushroom was tasty but was quite different from what was indicated on the menu. There was no Parmesan cheese and the basil-less pesto was lacking the needed flavours. But the way they cooked the mushroom intensified its aromas and taste, so I suppose the lack of cheese and basil was not a big deal.

Overall, Dida’s is very enjoyable. The location and decor is fantastic and the food is lovely (apart from the salty chorizo). Next time I would try either the one in Ponsonby or Devonport with my friends as they are open till late and it would be a great reason to keep ordering more food and wine. I would love to try their wild pork meatballs and churros. They also offer a breakfast menu before noon and sandwiches, salads and coffees on the go.

Date: Saturday 3rd March, 2012 | Location: Corner of Sale and Wellesley Street, Auckland CBD | Food: Spanish Tapas

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