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REVIEW: If it hasn't been said before, it needs to be said now: Chow is a Wellington institution.
Consistently good service and great food make it a perennial favourite for me and most of my friends.
For those not already in the know, let me get you up to date.
Most of the meals are designed to be shared, and are served on long plates or bowls, from which you can serve yourself some salad or curry.
This is fusion Asian dining, so put aside all those ideas you have about which herb or spice goes with what.
The crispy blue cheese wontons are served with a sweet raspberry sauce, the mussel fritters with wasabi mayo and soy.
It may be unconventional, but let your taste buds discover these new flavour combinations, or if that doesn't appeal, mix and match the sauces from different dishes.
My highlight this time was the tarakihi wrapped in banana leaf and served with sweet coconut sauce. It is fresh, light and simply delicious.
A criticism heard from some diners is that the portion sizes are small, but when you're eating a bite of this, a taste of that, you tend to be eating slower, so find yourself full without having consumed a dinner plate piled high with food.
And if you really need stuffing, the coconut rice as a side dish is always a great tummy filler.
Chow Tory and Woodward have been on the Wellington culinary map for years.
Attempts to take Chow to Auckland and Petone failed to get off the ground.
But thank goodness that did not mean the end for the two central city eateries.
Choosing a Monday to visit, when meals are two for one, is advantageous.
Or if you are a fan of cocktails - let me recommend the Rosebud and the Fun Fun Fooey - Wednesdays and Saturdays are your nights.
- The Wellingtonian