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Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: The Blue Breeze Inn

With The Blue Breeze Inn, chef Che Barrington and co-owner Mark Wallbank have taken all the fun of a Pacific Rim tiki bar and thrown in their take on

Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: The Blue Breeze Inn

Jun 30, 2017 Restaurants

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of The Blue Breeze Inn.

Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: The Blue Breeze Inn

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The Blue Breeze Inn

City-Fringe Bistro—Modern Chinese/tiki bar

With The Blue Breeze Inn, chef Che Barrington and co-owner Mark Wallbank have taken all the fun of a Pacific Rim tiki bar and thrown in their take on modern Asian food. A jungly fit-out with dark wood, clashing florals and bamboo is a buzzy stage for perky waiters in Hawaiian shirt uniforms. A prime Ponsonby location means it’s fine to wear sunglasses indoors, if not expected. Order from the list of beachy, rum-based cocktails and you’re half-way on holiday. Their pork belly bao — fluffy, sticky, moreish buns — still deservedly draw a crowd, which Blue Breeze’s feast of a shared-plates menu is prepped for. Ponsonby Rd has seen its fair share of new eateries in the past decade and Blue Breeze, in just a few short years of operation, has cemented itself as a firm favourite.

A favourite dish
Tuatua with pork and black rice vinegar.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Sunday special: all-day dumplings and Peking duck / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection

Hours—L D 7 days
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$
Seats—110
Chef—Che Barrington

PONSONBY
146 Ponsonby Rd
Ph 360-0303
thebluebreezeinn.co.nz

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