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32 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, December 13, 2012 www.times.co.nz BARGAIN MONDAY/TUESDAY ALL TICKETS $8.50 (3D $11.50) Except NT and Met Op COMING SOON SNEAK PEEK 'WRECK IT RALPH' DECEMBER 21 - 23 3D 10.00am; 2D Fri 11.00am, 1.10pm; Sat 11.00am, 1.00pm; Sun 10.45am, 1.15, 3.30pm THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 TO WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012 PHONE 532 7034 • 4/2 Fencible Dr, Howick 114195-V90 BOOKINGS: www.montereycinemas.co.nz MET OPERA: ADES THE TEMPEST (EX) Sunday 1.15pm MOVIES FOR JUNIORS: TARZAN (G) Saturday/Sunday 9.30am Sign up to our email newsletter • www.montereycinemas.co.nz THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (M) Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon/Tue/Wed 10.10am, 1.20, 4.30, 5.30, 7.40, 8.40pm; Sun 10.10am, 1.20, 4.30, 5.30, 7.40pm. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (M) Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed 12.15, 3.30, 6.45pm. LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED (M) Thu/Mon/Wed 10.15am, 12.50, 6.20, 8.30pm; Fri/Sun 10.15am, 2.15, 6.20, 8.30pm; Sat 12.10, 3.20, 6.20, 8.30pm; Tue 10.15am, 3.45, 6.20, 8.30pm. SKYFALL (M) Thu/Fri 10.20am, 1.20, 4.20pm; Sat 11.50am, 2.45, 7.40pm; Sun 10.10am, 1.00, 8.35pm; Mon 10.00am, 12.45, 3.30, 8.25pm; Tue 12.00, 2.45, 8.30pm; Wed 10.00am, 12.45, 3.30, 8.30pm. YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED (EX) Thu/Sun/Wed 4.25pm; Sat 10.00am. I ANNA (R16) Thu/Sun/Wed 12.25pm; Sat/Mon/Tue 2.25pm. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (M) Fri/Tue 4.25pm; Sat 10.20am; Mon 12.25pm. MONSIEUR LAZHAR (M) Thu/Wed 10.50am, 2.30pm; Fri 12.20pm; Sat 11.20am, 4.20pm; Sun 11.20am; Mon 10.50am, 4.25pm; Tue 12.25pm. INTOUCHABLES (M) Thu 10.00am, 3.10pm; Fri 10.00am, 1.15, 3.25pm; Sat 10.00am, 1.15, 5.30pm; Sun 10.00am, 3.50pm; Mon/ Wed 10.00am, 3.10, 6.15pm; Tue 1.30pm. Don’t let this understated inner- city restaurant fool you. The atmos- phere is casual, the tables barely big enough, but the real excitement is on the menu. It isn’t the location, the simple décor, or the cramped tables that continues to draw in the crowds but arguably the food with some of the most inspiring and consistent Asian food in town. Hidden away at the rear of Chancery Square is a user-friendly introduction for beginners to the cuisine of Malaysia. In a city recognised for the growing authenticity of its restaurants Mamak fies the fag with a menu turning out skilled versions of Malay classics. Restaurateur Jeffrey Ng has been around the block a few times with cafes in Parnell and Newmarket but only a couple of years old there’s a depth and richness to his new venture. The menu at is about as authentic as it gets. Classic stuff all of it, and at prices that are so reasonable you would have to wonder if they are making any money. The chefs work magic in the small open kitchen with a selection of start- ers that include dishes such as spring rolls ($8), chicken satay ($15.50), sam- bal grilled prawns ($9), sambal squid balls ($9), prawn fritters ($8), salt and pepper squid ($9), fried leek dumplings ($8), chicken bites ($9), soy meat bites ($8), spicy crab ($12) and hand-made roti ($2). Malaysian cooking means favours shine and while there are some things you just know you can count on, you can still choose your own culinary adventure with the pick of mains being roti curry chicken ($14.50), sambal chicken with roti ($15.50), nasi goreng ($13.50), beef randang ($12.50), seafood laksa ($13.50), curry chicken noodles ($13.50), curry chicken laksa ($13.50), char kuay teow plus mee ($13.50), spicy sambal chicken ($13.50), beef murtabak ($14.50) and chicken murtabak ($14.50). Dishes come with rice and a variety of accompaniments. The wine list is basic with a modest selection of commercial vintages all at one price ($35) so our advice, pay the corkage and take along your own. We suggest ’11 Villa Maria Ihumatao gewürztraminer, its distinctive spicy aromas and crispness make this an ideal match for Asian cuisine. The beers ($7 to $7.50) are a lot more appealing with a good choice from Asian and European breweries. And the verdict? If you have a love for Malaysian cuisine, this little gem of a restaurant can be terribly addictive. The menu shows authenticity and detail not often found in cheap eats. The servings are generous so you will dine extremely well here for $50 for two. The trick is to share, so best to not over order. Service comes with a smile and is unfailingly effcient. No mean feat for a restaurant that is regularly packed to the rafters. Mamak Malaysian Restaurant: Licensed and BYO (corkage $3pp), 50 Kitchener Street, City. Telephone 948 6479. Credit Cards Visa and Eftpos. No website. Menu 8, Cuisine 8, Wine List 5, Service 8, Décor 5, Value for Money 8.5 103091-V50 122132-V6 3 RONWOOD AVENUE, MANUKAU $25 PHONE 262 2913 PHONE 262 0898 1kg Pork Ribs & Handle of Beer (Limited time only) Give us a call for your Christmas function requirements 121555 We can cater for 5 to 200 people The Times welcomes dining, wining and entertainment news -- Has your restaurant/venue undergone a change? Do you have a special event coming up? Have you launched a special price or menu? Helen Perry 271 8036 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tell me about it Dining & Leisure By JON RAWLINSON SPARE me those ‘Cobb’ stories about not being able to ﬁnd a well-laden plate of food at a good price in Auckland. While ﬂashy restaurants may be the talk of the town, good old Cobb & Co still holds a place on the menu of many, as I discovered during a recent visit to the Manukau venue with my partner, our friend and her daughter. Okay, so it’s not gourmet cuisine, but those who prefer a full plate of food – over one featuring a tiny morsel ‘beautifully appointed’ by some guy with a doctorate in culi- nary styling – are unlikely to leave less than replete. The prices these days are com- parable to most moderately-priced restaurants. However, value – in terms of quantity – is the watch- word here. The menu doesn’t feature any exotic dishes – in fact, this is a place where Chicken Parmigiana is considered a ‘special’ – but what it does offer, is done well. Not quite in the festive spirit, we gave the Set Christmas Menu a miss, although seemingly good value at two courses for $25.95, or three, $31.95. Instead we opted for Cobb Schnitzel ($24.90), Cobb’s Fish & Chips ($22.90), Chicken Parmigiana (21.95) and a Coach Burger ($20.90). Friend considered the schnitzel to be a little tough and overpow- ered with cheese, however, overall she was satisﬁed with her meal. The ﬁsh and chips – which included three good-sized, battered ﬁllets, salad and a stack of fries – was fresh and pleasing, the ‘parm’, moist and tasty, and friend’s daughter nod- ded approvingly around a crowded mouthful, when questioned about her burger. Desserts ordered were: Proﬁt- eroles ($10.90), Hot Apple Crum- ble ($10.50) and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake ($10.90), the last of these shared by my partner and I. Again, generous portions were provided and all enjoyed our sweets with no faults discussed. And what would at trip to the Cobb be without those famous kids’ cocktails? We ordered a Pink Pantha and a Trafﬁc Light ($4.50 each). Not quite as exciting to drink as when last sampled (too many years ago!) but both complimented our meals by providing a welcome tipple of nostalgia. The service was relaxed, yet professional, in keeping with this restaurant’s reputation. Oh, and thanks to friend for picking up the tab! It’s great to see that, even though Cobb & Co has faced extreme com- petition since its heyday, standards do not appear to have slipped. Now that I know this, I will deﬁ- nitely consider taking a slow coach (or fast car) to Manukau more often to enjoy good, honest food at an iconic Kiwi family restaurant. It's a good way to Co SWEET TREATS: From left, apple crumble, profiteroles, triple chocolate cheesecake. Times photos Jon Rawlinson HEARTY: Chicken Parmigiana -- tasty special.
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