3 Aug 2014

Golden Phoenix Restaurant

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Golden Phoenix at Wellsford, New Zealand

It's our first full day at North Island, New Zealand.  It's Friday.  We scouted the weather and it's all rainy over the weekend - especially Sunday.  We're at lost really.  We're prioritising our Tongariro Alpine Crossing trip so we have to find a place to go from Friday to Sunday.  We all decided to go north to Bay of Islands, then to Cape Reinga.  

We have a GPS, but somehow we got lost?!  We are unfamiliar with the road so we heavily rely on our GPS to find our way through.  We are now hungry and low on fuel so we decided to stop at the nearest town the GPS could find.  We are then lead to the suburb of Wellsford.


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Wellsford Shops

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Wellsford Butchery


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Bacon & Egg Burger at Wellsford


It seems like a small and quite suburb but it's busy commercially.  They have both State Highways crossing the area that adds traffic in the vicinity.  The main road is full of passing cars and both sides have open markets.  They have complete amenities from restaurant, clothing, gasoline and grocery.  If you lack something, you can definitely buy from here.

There are a few fast food dining shops around but we wanted something heavy.  We saw a chinese takeaway restaurant named Golden Phoenix.  The place looks good with an interesting variety of foods!  It has burgers, sausages, fish and chips then goes asian like noodles, udon and fried rice.  It's an interesting variety of western and asian food.  The owner probably likes to cater to just about anyone!  The owners are very friendly.  They asked us where we're going.  I was even commented that I'll buy their business because I'm taking too much photos!  They are an interesting couple.


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Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway



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I ordered Steak Chow Mein.  It's a combination of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots), thin noddles and thinly square sized beef strips in oyster sauce.  I'm not sure about the oyster sauce.  I ordered a large treat (NZ$12.50).  They normally sell it for NZ$6.50 but I *think* I'm hungry so I go large.  Wow, it's delicious!  I love the taste and how well cooked the veggies are done.  But it's too many.  I should have ordered the normal serving.  I ended up eating the rest at dinner.

This is not a food blog, but if you guys are hungry around the area, I recommend you to drop by and see what Golden Phoenix has to offer. You'll love a simple and honest cooking.

If you want to know more of what they can offer, please refer below for their menu.  It's a wonder how the couple could cover a wide variety of food!


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Golden Phoenix Take Away Menu


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Golden Phoenix European Dishes


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Additional Menu

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