Despite having the entire August to make the most of the cheap deals for Auckland Restaurant Month, Indochine Kitchen was the only restaurant that I managed to visit. Serving Hanoi-style street food, Indochine Kitchen is part of the pedestrian shared space on Fort Street and one of the handful of restaurants doing a very affordable three course dinner at $25 per person.
There were three different options for entrees and we decided to order two of each to share between the six of us. The fried squid patties marinated with dill, chilli and lime juice was surprisingly tender and flavoursome. Often squid can be overcooked which produces a tough chewy mouthful but we throughly enjoyed these ones. The charcoal grilled black tiger king prawns which were similarly flavoured was delish but my favourite is the BBQ chicken thighs, marinated with lime and cinnamon. The use of thigh meat meant that the meat maintained moist despite the cooking method and the charcoal gave it a smokey aftertaste.
Although we had a great start, the mains were rather disappointing. The beef pho, similar to the one at Peasant lacked a strong broth but the slices of tender New Zealand sirloin made up for it. The rare BBQ beef sirloin salad made with fresh herby greens and raw onions was dressed with a delectable tangy dressing making it easy to devour. My friends happily polished off the bun cha made with BBQ pork belly and mince and served on a bed of noodles. Sadly, I did not manage to give this a try.
The menu ended with a coconut sticky rice dessert paired with fresh mango and garnished with toasted black sesame seeds. A small sweet ending to our meal.
Indochine Kitchen | 42 Fort Street, Auckland CBD