Coco and I checked out the eagerly awaited Ponsonby Central yesterday. It was busy and happening with a good number of people enjoy the sunshine and foodie mecca. With butchery, fresh produce, fish, bakery, cafes and many street food style, Ponsonby Central is foodie heaven. They have office space upstairs too and I swear, if I win a substantial prize in the lottery, I’m buying office space here to freelance in and preparing to get fat.
Hands down the most popular place in the street food lane is El Sizzling Chorizo who specialise in Argentinian BBQ. The big hunks of smokey marinaded meat cooking in their open kitchen looked fantastic. We had a day of moseying planned so were not quite in the mood for a meat feast (one should have a lie-down/siesta booked immediately after). Judging from the happy eaters, this is the place to get a meat fix.
We started at the furtherest end of the eating lane at Maldito Mendez. This place is all about the fresh and punchy flavours of South American streetfood.
We weren’t super hungry so three dishes between two people was a good amount. If you have hungry boys, they may prefer two or even three dishes each. Expect to spend between $30 to $40 per person including drinks. Not bad for the quality of food.
Sharing plates is fun and one way to try dishes that you might not normally order on your own. Coco picked out the watermelon and tomatillo salad. I’d never have picked this on my own but it was fresh tasting and the queso – a fresh, creamy goats cheese – complimented the watermelon and tomatillo perfectly. Easily the favourite dish of the day.
The service is excellent and the staff friendly and efficient. While they were busy, we were never hurried or made to feel like we should vacate the table. The sangria is really good and the stemless wine glasses a casual touch.
We also ordered:
- Watermelon, tomatillo and queso
- Coconut prawns with herb salad
- Refried bean and wild mushroom taco which came with an oozey runny fried egg
I hope to return soon with The Koala to try El Sizzling Chorizo’s brand of Argentian BBQ.
At time of writing Ponsonby Central’s website is still in construction but it can be found here: www.ponsonbycentral.co.nz.