With areas like Ponsonby and CBD dominating the trendy eatery locations, Howick has become such an understated location. The Corner is one of those hidden gems that left me baffled at how unbeknownst it was to the masses. The presentation is stunning, and the food is a delight.
We visited with a GrabOne voucher which I snapped up immediately as I had been eyeing up The Corner for a while now. The restaurant was competely devoid of patrons while we were there, but that’s fine with me- our fare arrived with lightning speed to our table and we were well looked after by the lovely staff. I do agree with the gripe on Zomato reviews about reading the specials off the mirror on the wall, it was difficult and confusing to decipher. Perhaps printing out an extra page for the specials to feature in the menu would be easier, or write it on a blackboard that is easily accessible for everyone?
Our first dish was Gourmet Fries with Truffle, Parmesan Salt, Aioli & Chilli Jam ($8.50). This was a let down, it tasted like average chips without any hint of the promised truffle or parmesan salt, and I had to triple check that we ordered Gourmet, not the normal version. The chilli jam was exceptional though.
I can’t remember the specials, but I think this was something along the lines of Venison with Sweet Potato Crisps, Tomato Salsa, and Chocolate ($19.00 ish). A very interesting combination- the chocolate was definitely there alright. Very unusual, very surprising.
This was also from the Specials menu- Soy sauce (?) and Sesame Grilled Scallops with Pumpkin & Carrot Puree with lime wedges ($19.00). Scallops, mmmm. The soy sauce was very subtle, so the scallops retained its delicate flavour, while the Pumpkin & Carrot puree rounded off the experience with a buttery-like, creamy smooth finish.
Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Pickled Red Onion, Tomato, Aioli, Corn and Basil Salsa ($15.00). Yet another great dish, there just enough zing to offset the creamy mayonnaise. The shrimp was almost undercooked, but not quite so.
Pistachio crusted Lamb rack with Couscous (something something, I’m terribly sorry, I can’t remember the exact description or price). This was the favourite dish amongst my family, the pistachio crust was crunchy, the couscous fresh and vibrant, and the meat tender. The final dish was Salt and Pepper Squid with Aioli and Grilled Lemon ($14.50). You can never go wrong with salt and pepper squid! Sharpened with the addition of the grilled lemon with an extra dash of salt and pepper over the top, this combination is always a winner.
The four of us were completely stuffed afterward, I’m disappointed that desserts were unavailable for lunch (there’s always an extra stomach for desserts). The photos of them looked so tempting and delectable! Another time, perhaps.The Corner www.thecornerbar.co.nz 143 Picton Street, Howick Auckland