Saturday, May 17, 2014

155 Restaurant

I was quite surprised when I discovered 155 Restaurant tucked in between the 1 2 3 Mart and the tattoo parlour. I usually pride myself on my keen observations skills so naturally I assumed that I had discovered a cool new dine-in Chinese restaurant hidden among the opshops and convenience stores on K'Rd.

Little did I know, that it was pretty well known to everyone else (much embarrassment!) but we trekked up there on a Friday as no one had actually eaten there before.

Complimentary Soup
It seemed as if the restaurant wasn't quite ready for us and the service didn't seem very attentive even though we were the only people there. The starter soup was very plain and needed a lot of salt. We were handed a salt shaker when we told the waitress and felt as if we were being very difficult customers.

Eggplant and Fish Casserole
Luckily, our experience became a lot better after the bland soup. The Eggplant and Fish Casserole arrived hot and bubbly and smelled amazing. The pieces of fish were incredibly soft and probably would have fallen apart had they not been battered. The eggplant was crispy on the outside and covered in a delicious, thick fishy sauce.

Steamed Organic Chicken
One of my co-workers was immediately put off by the steamed chicken and, I must admit, I found the head a bit scary to look at (this is why I don't usually have whole chicken at Chinese restaurants). The simple flavours of soy sauce, spring onion and coriander did very well to compliment the chicken. 

Stir Fry Gailan (Chinese Broccoli) with Garlic
We finished off with some gailan stir fried in garlic.  This is my go to veggie dish at at chinese restaurants but I often find that the gailan can be tough and stringy. Luckily, this wasn't the case here and I found that every piece was tender. The portion size was also quite generous and I was able to save some for lunch the next day!

Other than the complimentary soup, I found lunch at 155 Restaurant to be quite enjoyable. I also noticed that they had some very nice lunch deals which I think I will try on my next visit!

155 Restaurant is located on Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD


  1. I have walked past this place many times before, but never actually gone in. The food seems very reasonable, and in fact better than I expected! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love discovering new places to try! The texture of the fish sounds great.

  3. Dear Lucy,

    LOL at the chicken head. Just imagine the chook is taking a nice little nap as it seems to be doing. Some Chinese restaurants don't serve the chook head while others in Asia usually stand the head up instead of portraying the chook sleeping LOL!