Eva and her Parkie invited me out to dinner :)
When I was about to cross the road, I saw the cute couple holding hands, beaming and waving at me. Sooo cute. Seriously cute
The last time I met up with them (and the first time) we were triple dating at Ancestral in chch, and then again at Kiwiyo in Mission Bay, but that time one half of them was missing, so it was an almost-quadruple date :P
Last night we were on Ponsonby Rd, talking about men's t-shirts and who gets excited about Skype dates when Eva spotted a potential restaurant that served steak and delicious sounding food
Longroom had an 'after-work drinks and catch-up over dinner' vibe. It has a courtyard for outdoor dining, a bar and a private room too, apparently.
A waiter carrying an eftpos machine on his tray seated the three of us at a tall table inside.
After a mouth-watering read of the menu and deciphering the foreign words description, we decided on our entrees and meals...
|Chilli salt squid with adjud chilli sauce $11|
The squid was nice and crispy, not spicy and the sauce partied with my tastebuds
|Lime marinated beef with red onion relish on a soft shell taco $6|
When our mains came out, we were like :O whoa... Impressive.
|Beer braised lamb shanks with pecorino mash, balsamic shallots and marjoram jus gras $26|
Pecorino is a type of hard cheese made from sheep's milk.
I'm not exaggerating, probably the best mashed potatoes I've had. It was smooth, creamy and the buttery-cheese taste was what made it so good.
|Aged angus sirloin, sauce foyot with wilted greens and chips $23.50|
Ah the second one?
The foyot sauce. Was amazing.
There was a selection of sauces to go with the steak; peppercorn jus, sauce foyot, cafe de paris butter, horseradish cream... Eva made the right choice.
Foyot sauce is (I looked this up too) like hollandaise sauce but with herbs instead of lemon juice and added meat glaze. The result is flavour on flavour. It was so delicious.
|Chicken schnitzel with nut slaw and capsicum chutney $23|
Upon tasting our dishes, Eva kept saying, so good. It's so good. Sooo good...
Fantastic food, fantastic company. jt has great friends :)
114 Ponsonby Rd
Tuesday- Sunday 11am-til late
Would I come here again? Yup. It's a great place to go with some friends
Next time try the... Goat cheese stuffed meatballs entree with tomato ragu & a baked baguette,
Trio of mushroom risotto with truffled creme fraiche,
and the dessert menu if I have room for chocolate fondant, sticky date pudding or mandarin creme brulee... ;)
And to conclude,
I went to the beach today...
The sun and the tide was out. Double tan lines, yesss