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Asian crème de la crème: Hoi An House


The flavours we crave now are fresh, tasty and exotic. Some of us are on a health kick, flexitarian, or looking for plant-based food, but all of us love the light, fragrant and just plain irresistible tastes of modern Asian cuisine.

 

 

Street food is currently king and there is nowhere better to get your hit than Commi. Located on the corner of Colombo and Somerfield Streets in Beckenham, families, locals and those from further away with a nose for the best in Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Malaysian and Chinese head to this casual and cosy environment where every dish is under $20, there are sharing plates and no bookings are needed.

The latest Asian food trends tend to contain lots of vegetables and healthier sauces – it’s not just about being exotic and tasty but also about being lighter and healthier and that is what you’ll find in abundance at Commi, with choices to please every palate.

Hoi An House in Halswell Road is destination dining for all the very best in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, in a fine and historic venue. Full service fine dining is complemented by the garden terrace and the function room that can be arranged in intimate spaces or for up to 80 guests. A lunch menu is available from Wednesday to Sunday for both dine in and takeaway.

The chefs at both Commi and Hoi An House have travelled to Christchurch from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia to bring you the flavours of their home towns, prepared under fully compliant and sustainable business practices.

The quality of the ingredients used is the central tenet of both restaurants, with the crème of local vegetables combined with the very best of imported items such as bamboo shoots, baby corn, and water chestnut, to keep dishes authentic. The soy and oyster sauces used are gluten free, and most dishes can be made vegetarian with notice to the chef.

The Asian Garden Cooking School at Harewood completes the hat trick of excellence in Asian cuisine. Here you, friends, or colleagues can learn the techniques required to reproduce the authentic and delicious tastes from the restaurants in your kitchens at home.

Book your individual or group lessons at www.asiancookschool.co.nz.


 

Asian taste sensations: Hoi An House & Commi


Dining out is a fun taste adventure at Commi and Hoi An House. Whether it’s a family get together, a celebration lunch, you’re all business, or need lunch on the run, both traditional and audacious Asian taste sensations are prepared under fully compliant and sustainable business practices.

 

 

 

The chefs have travelled to Christchurch from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia to bring you the flavours of their home towns. The quality of the ingredients used is the central tenet of both restaurants, with the crème of local vegetables combined with the very best of imported items such as bamboo shoots, baby corn and water chestnut, to keep dishes authentic. The soy and oyster sauces used are gluten free, and most dishes can be made vegetarian with notice to the chef.

At Commi, you’ll find a healthy food selection to suit your budget. Introduce your family to top quality ‘street food’ at Commi – there is something for everyone with Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Malaysian dishes available. All shared plates are under $20, and there is a children’s menu and colouring-in to keep the little ones happy. The setting is casual and vibrant, on the corner of Colombo and Somerfield Streets in Beckenham. Come in when it suits – there is no need to book, and you can grab your food and go too, seven days from 5 to 9:30pm.

At Hoi An House on Halswell Road you step up and into fine dining Asian-style. The historic building hosts a full service and fine dining interior, complemented by the garden terrace and the function room that can seat up to 80 people, which can also be split into more intimate spaces. Hoi An’s once-tried never-forgotten signature dish is the Vietnamese pancake with fresh herbs, salad pork and prawns. A range of Thai favourites have been added to the stunning Vietnamese menu, and a specific lunch menu is available from Wednesday to Sunday, for both dine in and takeaway.

So proud of their ingredients and approach to preparation are these two restaurants, that you can learn for yourself the exact techniques and ingredients at the Asian Garden Cooking School. Located in Harewood, the school teaches individuals and groups to make the restaurant dishes authentically and to professional standard at home. Book online at www.asiancookschool.co.nz.


 

Hoon Hay Thai

Best kept oriental secret: Hoon Hay Thai is a must visit for lovers of thai cuisine

Hoon Hay Thai is one of the city’s best kept oriental secrets. Tucked away amongst the bustling shops of Coppell Place, it is the place to be for those after the definitive Thai dining experience.

Hoon Hay Thai

It’s become a local favourite since inception back in 2013, with many regular customers dropping by for lunch or dinner. The restaurant offers takeaway and can deliver, plus if the weather is truly atrocious, the delivery is free.
Their menu is made up of an exciting range of dishes, expertly prepared by Hoon Hay Thai’s team of experienced chefs. Delicious delicacies like Panang Curry and Peanut Sauce with Rice have proved to be the most popular with locals. The staff also create their own entrees which include spring rolls, curry puffs and Thai fish cakes.
Hoon Hay Thai is fully licenced, with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer and BYO is also catered for. The restaurant can also serve as the ideal venue for special occasions and private or business functions.
For more information or to view Hoon Hay Thai’s complete menu visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/hoonhaythai or call 03-339 0320 to place an order.