The Best Dessert Ever
I found this restaurant which has a great dessert while I was looking for a place to eat dinner randomly on Union Street, Park Slope. Since I've never heard there was a New Zealand restaurant in New York, I jumped into the restaurant without any hesitation.
Although they had a nice open terrace, I couldn't sit there because a T-storm was coming, according to the weather forecast. As soon as I went into the restaurant, the waiter lead me to a table cheerfully and introduced his recommendation. I asked him to tell me the most typical New Zealand style food, and then I ordered some of those dishes. He was very nice and I felt cozy, although I went there alone.
The starter was ok. It was something like apricot and cashew nuts on cottage cheese with strawberry sauce, but I forget the name. Maybe I'm not used to eating cottage cheese, so I didn't think it was very tasty.
Then, the main dish came. I had ordered in English, so after seeing and tasting the dish, I knew it was Hangi, which is a traditional food of the Maori (aboriginal people in New Zealand). I ate it when I was in New Zealand. The tender braised ribs didn't havea strong taste but they really went well with the Manuka (honey) sauce.
I ordered the most traditional dessert, according to the waiter, and the dessert surprised me! It was called "Pavlova". It was a cream-filled meringue with lots of different fruits. I crushed the meringue and eat it with fresh cream and fruit. I had never had such a delicious dessert! The crunchy texture of the meringue, the sweet fresh cream and the fresh fruit were mixed together and became a great dessert!
I strongly recommend that you eat the Pavlova and try Hangi along the way in this cozy New Zealand restaurant.
Would Be a Good Restaurant But for the Chef's Rudeness
Decent, albeit odd, food, attentive service, attractive dining room, all spoiled by the incredibly immature, rude, and boorish, behavior of the chef, who ordered my wife to not return when she politely pointed out that the low placement of the "employees must wash hands" sign on the bottom of the restroom mirror made it unusable for short people. It's sad that this restaurant is run by someone so childish and simply STRANGE!
We'll be VERY happy to NEVER return.
Oddly enough, we enjoyed a previous visit to Kiwiana, but were fortunate enough, on that occasion, to have had no interaction with Chef Mark Simmons.
I am usually not into cultural food, but New Zealand food has no topped off Chinese. Kiwiana offers the best deals for your dollar. You will not leave this place hungry or broke. Overall, This place is up the uprising and it is only a matter of time before it becomes a chain!
When I first thought of New Zealand food, I had no idea what to expect. I asked the staff to pick me out a meal and that I did not want to know what was in it. This meal was and is the best thing I've had to ate in well over 5 years. I ca not stress enough on how much this place has to offer
Between the service and the atmosphere, you can not go wrong. You have the most friendly and great looking people here to help. There is nothing they won't do for you. They make a great job at letter you know everything is customization. Don't be afraid to switch something up