$40 per person
Corner of Customs Street West & Lower Hobson Street, Auckland Central
Boy oh boy.
There are three red flags, that rile me up more than anything else in restaurants:
- Style over substance
- I'm paying for food I could cook better myself
- Dishes have been 'Westernised' or diluted for local tastes
Monsoon Poon is all of those, and despite the terrible food, I'm really glad I visited! It's been a while since I've felt a hateful, creative rush of vigor to describe my experience.
The restaurant is perfect corporate dig, with a variety of dishes from Asia, perhaps delectable to a palate that has never been there.
Let's start with the malai chicken and firecracker slider: inoffensive, certainly not bad, totally forgettable. But then came the main courses. The duck and pineapple curry at an eye watering $25, and Singapore noodles at $24.
Watery, bland and overflowing with peppers (capsicum). A more accurate dish name would be 'Curried pepper water'. Oh and it came with overcooked rice, styled into a ridiculous cone. Get fucked.
The Singapore noodles had been covered in a dust of spices, to the point it was like eating sand. Horribly gritty.
This experience ended up costing us $40 per person. Absurd. An average food court in Auckland would be half the price, and would have actually tasted better! Monsoon Poon hit my hate points, but I'm glad I get to vent about it.