Food review: Khandallah Trading Company

AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 12:10 13/09/2012
Khandallah Trading Co
AMY JACKMAN
Self promotion: Khandallah Trading Co even brands its burgers.

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Name Khandallah Trading Company
Region Wellington Region
Suburb Khandallah
Price Med
Vegetarian Options Yes

REVIEW: Tucked in the hills of Khandallah is a gem of a pub that will soon become a regular haunt.

The Khandallah Trading Company opened in July. It was formerly Monteith's Brewery Bar.

One of our party had visited when it was Monteith's and said the transformation of the pub and the food was amazing.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this place in terms of the food. I like pub grub, but it isn't haute cuisine.

I've never been so happy to be proved wrong.

Every night the pub has at least eight specials. The night we went it had 11, including a roast, and five desserts.

Our table of five ordered the Mediterranean couscous special with parmesan crusted mushrooms, spinach and sundried tomato pesto ($19.90); chili-chicken and sour cream pie special with chips and salad ($16.90); slow cooked pork belly with potato and vegetable bake and apple, capsicum and coriander salsa ($21.90); 21-day aged 200 gram sirloin steak with bubble and squeak, steamed green beans and mushroom sauce ($24.90); and the char-grilled beef burger with streaky bacon, aged cheddar and Branston pickle with home-style chips ($19.90).

Every dish was beautifully presented and tasted delicious.

The vegetables weren't just plonked on the plate, but were sculpted into cylindrical towers or served in a nice dish. The burger was even branded with the pub's logo.

The desserts were also very good.

We ordered the vanilla bean creme brulee with almond praline, whipped cream and brandy anglaise; sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and whipped cream; and pumpkin and orange tart with whipped cream ($11.90 each).

The Khandallah Trading Company also served good beer at good prices. A New Zealand Pale Ale imperial pint, 24 per cent bigger than many standard pints, cost $10.50.

I will definitely be going back to the Khandallah Trading Company. In fact, I might even sign up to its loyalty programme.

A two-course dinner for five, including drinks, cost $206.

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- The Wellingtonian

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