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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Cheap and cheerful lunch at Herbal Legend Dominion Road

How to eat well with a student budget? Go to Dominion Road and find a hole in the wall eateries that lines this famous stretch and you will not be disappointed. Not I am a student any more although my bank account may suggest that I am still one. We love coming to Dominion Road when we are looking for a quick and delicious meal rather than having a sandwich or simple salad at home on a lazy Sunday afternoon. On this particular Sunday, we came back to Herbal Legend. One of the cheapest place to eat in Auckland Central. The name is weird but don't let that put you off from coming here. They have a very good selection of rice and noodles selections where you can choose your own topping. It's a bit of a pick and mix.

Shanghainese Xiao Long Baos
 We love Xiao Long Baos- steamed pork dumplings with broth. You have to be very careful when you eat this dish. I have burned my tongue in the past. You have to wait a minute or two until it cools down a little before biting into the dumpling as the broth will be oozing out as you sink your teeth into them. Heavenly!!

Squid salad. It's non oily and refreshing.

Chilli chicken topping for my noodles.
Our total bill was less than $30 and we were so stuffed that we had to skip dinner. Which makes this lunch trip even cheaper because it's more like $30 for lunch and dinner. Not entirely sure if I could cook all these food at home any better or cheaper. I am aware that there some negative reviews about this place in the past but it looks like it has been revamped under the new management and it's a pretty good place to come to. Just don't expect a good wine list and great atmosphere at any Chinese restaurants that you come out paying less than $50 a head.

Herbal Legend
305 Dominion Road
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Navaneetham Krishnan said...

I am impressed that you get cheap and these lovely Asian food in New Zealand. I am loving it all the way, in fact my kind of food.

Her Worldly Pleasures said...

The food choices in Auckland has improved tremendously over the last 5-6 years and we have to admit we are sometimes spoilt by choice. The local produce are also gorgeous for all cuisines.