New Flavour is a fair way down Dominion Road, plonked just down from KFC and in a glut of very good, very cheap restaurants, where, ironically, a meal costs about the same as it would with the Colonel. This is northern Chinese food in big portions: fresh, at pocket change prices with minimal service and almost non-existent atmosphere. It’s also open extremely late – if you’re hungry at 1am on a weeknight, come here. A weekend too, for that matter.
The cucumber and tofu salad is dressed with chili, coriander, soy and vinegar; the tofu shredded in a fine julienne, the cucumber in matchsticks. A laden plate is $8, and that’s the small size – big enough for two. A serving of dumplings (steamed or fried) is too much for two people – there are a dozen variations, each served with twenty freshly made ones in a pile. The pork and cabbage ones ($8) were packed with filling – flavoursome meat and fresh herbs and vegetables, as were the egg and chive ($8). Oh! And the noodles – New Flavour’s tagline is the charming “manual noodle”. They’re handmade each day, rustically uneven and the star turn on the menu.
Chinese tea is refilled continuously, on the house. An unctuous, searingly hot chili oil as well as soy sauce and black vinegar are plentiful for dumpling dipping.
New Flavour is best in a group of four or more, with plates like the garlicky eggplant ($12) or deep-fried pork belly ($12) shared between.
That way, you’ll leave rotund, and you will have spent $10 to $15 each, at the most. NS
HOURS 5pm til 3am, every day except Tuesday.
ADDRESS 541 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, ph 638-6880.
IMPORTANT DETAILS Rice is ordered separately.