Good things happen in threes. Blossom Court (135 Queens Road, Panmure, Ph: 09 – 527 7022) makes up the trifecta of Malaysian restaurants in Panmure along with Kopitiam at 139 Queens Rd and Sri Puteri’s at 59 Queens Rd. Blossom Court opened its doors a few months ago, and has quickly become a favoured lunch spot.
The menus of the three restaurants overlap significantly, and each kitchen has its strengths. With a menu this extensive (there are over 100 choices), trying to decide can test your mettle, so bring a group and try a bit of everything. The staff are happy to oblige with small bowls and extra cutlery.
Fried bean curd ($8) is a mound of crispy tofu cubes drizzled with sweet chilli sauce and topped with julienned cooling cucumber and crumbed peanuts and sesame seeds. Just the dish to whet your appetite.
The curry puff ($5 for 5 pieces) is served right out of the fryer, so be careful when you bite into it, the curried potatoes innards are steaming hot!
The chicken curry ($11) here is excellent; redolent of heady spices and coconut cream, and comes with crisp roti chanai to mop up the savoury sauce.
The satay sticks ($10 for 4) were disappointing. They were succulent, but bland. The satay in NZ are always just meat, but proper satay has some fat which sizzles and crusts on the grill, giving the smokey flavours which satay is famous for. The peanut sauce is decent, though could have done with more chilli.
This place is well known for the Hainanese chicken with rice ($11). The chicken has to be silky smooth and these were definitely that.
The Nasi Lemak with beef ($13) is also one of the stars. I thought the beef were a bit tough, but the flavours were all there.
Pan Mee ($11) is rough, handcut noodles in a savoury broth. The broth was delicious.
Chendol Ice ($4.50) was mainly palm syrup and ice, a bit light on the ‘liau’ (or ingredients) of chendol and sweetened red beans, though admittedly; this is the same as the other places.
The dishes capture the tastes of home. This is probably the only place in Auckland to get durian ice-cream, and it’s seriously good. The atmosphere is pleasant, and service quick and friendly.
Blossom Court has a dinner menu as well, with many of the tried and true Malaysian favourites, such as Nestum prawns, curry fish head and sambal eggplant.
Mon, Wed – Fri: 10:30am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10:30am – 9:00pm