Auckland Vietnamese sandwich shop Bun Mee Kiwi in hot water over 'homophobic' menu

Bun Mee Kiwi's original menu offered "jalapeño (unless you're a poof).

Bun Mee Kiwi's original menu offered "jalapeño (unless you're a poof).

A new Vietnamese sandwich shop in West Auckland faces a revolt from diners over a menu option slammed as "homophobic".

Bun Mee Kiwi opened in Henderson a week ago, with its menu offering jalapeno peppers "unless you're a poof".

It responded to criticism from customers on Facebook by telling them to "relaxxx", before promising to change its menu to something "more PC appropriate".

The eatery's manager John Baxter said that the idea for Bun Mee Kiwi came from a similar establishment in San Francisco, which offered jalapeños "unless you're a sissy".

"So we couldn't use the word sissy, and went for poof instead - in the sense of it meaning soft or wimpy," he said.

Baxter said that he'd run the word poof passed his gay friends, "who just laughed and said it was all good".

"We like to have a bit of cheeky sense of humour here, there's also the FOB [fresh of the boat] burger on the menu - but no-one's complained about that."

Customer Lisa Dunn posted a photo of the menu on Bun Mee Kiwi's Facebook page, calling its choice of words "totally pathetic".

"Hi guys just wondering on what planet and in what century do you think it would be any kind of good idea for your new business to put a homophobic slur on your menu? "Jalapeño, unless you're a poof" - Totally pathetic," she wrote.

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Baxter said that he hadn't meant to offend anyone by using the term and apologised to those he had.

Other customers defended the restaurant, telling its critics to "get a sense of humour".

Bun Mee Kiwi has since changed the wording on its online menu to say "unless you can't handle the jandal", and said its in-store menu board would also be changed in the coming days.

Bun Mee Kiwi's Facebook described it as "a premium gourmet sandwich eatery and cafe", serving Vietnamese Bánh mì filled rolls for a Kiwi palette.

 - Stuff

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