“We Don’t Want Anyone Going To Bed Hungry,” Says Menulog Restaurant Awards Winner

Regional restaurants prevail against the competition from big cities at this year’s Menulog Restaurant Awards.

Indian restaurant in Tauranga Castle 91 won the nation’s People’s Choice Award for getting the most votes from their clients with West Auckland’s Bun Mee Kiwiwho specialize in delicious Vietnamese sandwiches followed closely.

merger, a Southeast Asian street food-inspired restaurant in Gisborne, won three hip award categories, including Best Munchies To Order at 4:20 am for its iconic local favorite, crispy pork.


More than 120 restaurants across Aotearoa have competed for the People’s Choice crown at the Menulog Restaurant Awards. This year the awards focused on both celebrating and helping hospitality companies during a challenging time for the industry.

Mike Dhillon, Owner of People’s Choice Winner Castle 91, said, “It’s not just about owning a restaurant, it’s about being a valuable part of the local community.”

“You are like family to us. During the lockdown, we gave free meals to anyone who was having trouble. Even today, we still provide food for those who have lost their jobs. We don’t want someone to go to bed hungry. “

Mr Dhillon said customers are big fans of Castle 91’s signature drunken chicken dish, which is made with “a little rum”.

“Our chefs create fresh, authentic and tasty dishes for the people of Tauranga and our restaurant staff work hard with a big smile to offer the best possible service.

“It means the world to us that our local community stands behind us and has voted. Winning People’s Choice means we can continue to provide delicious meals and support our local community. “


This year’s award categories revealed fun foodie trends from the past 12 months that played a major role in Kiwi’s hearts and stomachs. The winners were awarded on the basis of Menulog data from orders, ratings and reviews.

Best nibbles to order at 4:20

The Gisborne favorite is a reflection of how delicious Fusion’s Crispy Pork Meal is.

Best side dish

Winning the title of “Best Supporting Dish” is the kiwi’s favorite hot chip. This may not come as a surprise, but it’s the many and varied types of spicy fries that make the humble spud a star – from the delicious double-cooked fries at Fire’n’Slice
in Helensville for Meat on Chips from Dunedin’s
Huzur kebab.

Best food to order after being dumped

Fusion’s Crispy Pork Meal was also the meal of choice after having a heartbreak on December 11th, the most popular day of the year. The pork dish was followed by a calming butter chicken from the best Indian restaurant in Tauranga Own masala.

Top dishes ordered while watching the All Blacks

Given the importance of the set piece in rugby, it comes as no surprise that cuisine served in a box that explodes with taste when opened is the number one choice for fans when they see the All Blacks. Pizzerias across the country – from Beach pizza in Auckland too The pizza castle in Dannevirke – working overtime on the nights when the ABs play.

Best pasta sent

The Fusion Restaurant will be there again, but this time for the best noodles … Crispy Chicken Noods. The delicious soup dish is a crowd-puller in Gisborne and the most frequently ordered pasta dish in the country.

Best new dish

If you haven’t heard of the milk tea craze in the past year, then you’ve lived under a rock – and you’ve missed it. While Original and Taro Milk Tea have prevailed, new flavors have emerged, including Oreo Cake from ETea Bubble Tea in Auckland and Black Gold Milk Tea from 7 tea
in Christchurch, making it a deserved winner of Best New Dish on Menulog.

Kitchen of the year

There is nothing that kiwis love more than a good curry with the award-winning Indian cuisine of the year. Bollywood Stars Tandoori Restaurant Gisborne has sold the most curries on the Menulog platform in the past 12 months, devouring thousands of Butter Chickens alone.


The owner of the fusion restaurant Tobias Morgan Hutchings said: “Without our local community, we would not be where we are today. It’s been tough lately, but our locals have stayed with us and there aren’t enough words to describe how grateful we are. “

He is thrilled that her family recipes are both recognized.

“The Crispy Pork Meal and Crispy Chicken Noodle Soup are prepared by my wife with the aim of creating authentic Thai street food – it is great to see two of their creations win.”

Menulog Commercial Director Rory Murphy said the awards are about celebrating delicious local cuisine and this year there was also an emphasis on helping restaurants during a challenging time.

“The hospitality and restaurant sector is incredibly resilient and during the awards we heard incredible stories of restaurants like Castle 91, Rajas in Auckland and Taurangas Punjab Express giving away free groceries to help those in need and those in financial difficulties. It’s an incredible community spirit. “

“Congratulations to Castle 91 and everyone involved in the awards, and look forward to their continued delivering the same great service and delicious food that keeps loyal customers coming back.”

Winning People’s Choice restaurant will receive a $ 2,500 promotional and media package to help promote and grow its business. $ 1,000 will be used on its venue along with other awards. A full list of the winning restaurants can be found at https://restaurantawards.menulog.co.nz/

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