Auckland restaurants get in on the Diwali action. Here are some of our faves.
1. Shahi Indian Experience
26 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay, ph (09) 378 8896 or 115 Parnell Rd, ph (09) 377 7898
Shahi's modern interpretation of methi malai matar pairs fenugreek leaves, peas and cottage cheese delicately cooked in spices with cream, finished with coriander.
2. Two Fifteen
215 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden. Ph (09) 630 6474
Jeremy Shmid's team present a pretty mango panna cotta with gulab jamun (an Indian "doughnut" in sugar syrup) with mango puree and caramelised almonds: street food with a classy twist.
3. Vinnies Restaurant
166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay. Ph (09) 376 5597
Perfectionist Geoff Scott shows the Diwali Festival of Light and Red Fruits with "illuminated" strawberries, tamarillos, grapes, blood oranges and pomegranate, paired with a traditional halwa and pistachio nuts. Indian art on a plate
4. Little India
Anzac Ave, Glen Eden and Kingsland. Ph (09) 366 0711
Paneer shimla mirch: paneer cooked with cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, capsicum and spices. A mouthwatering dish, recommended to have with a lacha parantha, a delicious Indian bread.
* From now until November 13, select Auckland restaurants will present a Diwali "Taste on a Plate" a vegetarian dish that celebrates the diversity of our city and our food.