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July 17, 2017 | by  | in Food | [ssba]

KC Café

KC Café is the place to go if you were disappointed that your university career has not lived up to the reality the cover of the prospectus your mum got for you in high school painted: multicultural study sessions on hills in the sun. Sure, you won’t be studying or on a hill in the sun, but if you have learnt anything from our reviews, it’s that what we say isn’t 100% accurate, much like the careers advisor at high school. Regardless, KC Café is the place to go to experience culture in Wellington if you’re feeling particularly white bread. From the meat on rotisserie in the front window you can conclude it may not, however, be the best place to bring the Tinder girl who keeps telling you to watch Cowspiracy and listed chickpeas as a hobby for a first date.

You know from the hanging ducks by the counter that you’re in for something different to avocado toast and halloumi salad. Walking in to no music, just the sounds of the kitchen and distant chatter of families and flavourful first dates, you know it will be good. The menu is the size of my list of regrets for 2017 so far, and has about 100 different dishes listed on it. I can’t even cook three meals properly, and the chefs and kitchen hands at KC Café can remember how to cook over 100. If that’s not versatility, I have no idea what my family want from me.

Instead of the chow mein and Diet Coke (the favourite of fucking Chad), Kii ordered the duck with oyster sauce and Thomas had some black bean beef with vegetables. The flavours in both dishes were only surpassed by the quality of the meat in the dish. Thinking about duck cooked and marinated in oyster sauce makes you think about the whole surf and turf vibe at any 3+ star wine & dine environment, but it’s far better than a bloody steak covered in 1.5cm shrimps from the west end of the Waikato River. The combination of the soft duck and the oyster sauce was such a strong flavour it gave me flashbacks to farming ducks in my other life, only created in a world inside KC Café. Thomas’ dish was immaculately presented for the ’gram; the beef and vegetables came in a clay pot that your aunty would have in her china cabinet but would never let you use. 9/10 for the food — we honestly haven’t had any better Asian dishes.

KC Café gives you a hefty amount of food for any dish around $14. The dishes you get will come with either rice or noodles, and have the deepest and most consistent flavour throughout the entire meal. From the portion sizes they hand you, you could rightfully assume that it is illegal to leave KC Café without being totally stuffed and regretting not ordering something smaller. Overall, it is a staple and has easily been the best place we have reviewed so far.


You can catch Kii and Tom on SalientFM (88.3) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6.00–8.00pm. Find them on Facebook: “Kii and Tom”.


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