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First Review by ampallang

A classic vegan staple in Wellington - Edit

Tasty vegan dishes, huge portions, cheap prices, and friendly staff. I would highly recommend the faux chicken laksa.

An amazing place to go with friends or by yourself for a cheap and yummy meal. A very social and open environment with large tables able to seat big groups of people.

A nice place to meet other vegans too because Aunty Mena's is 100% vegan.

However, if you like a more private eating environment this place isn't for you.

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-12

Pros: 100% vegan, amazing food, big portions, cheap

Cons: A bit claustrophobia, no privacy while eating

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great - Edit

A staple to the Wellington vegan diet!

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Essential - Edit

This place has a lot of nice memories for me and I’ve decided it the most consistently good veg*n restaurant in Wellington, with a wide variety of delicious dishes. My three recent visits had no disappointments. From the deep fried dumplings, vegie balls, nuggets and wontons to the nasi goreng, Hokkien noodles, laksa (right balance of spices and coconut) were all tasty and beautifully prepared. I did miss ice cream on the menu. Always an essential visit when I’m in Wellington.

Pros: Wide variety of consistently delicious food

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gluten free Laksa! - Edit

Was missing Vietnamese food so came here one afternoon for something Asian. Gf options are limited but the laksa with rice noodles hit the spot. Would have preferred more veg but it tasted delicious!

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A burst of flavour! - Edit

Aunty Mena’s is a vegan/vegetarian Malaysian eatery. There are so many choices - I had dumplings and laksa, and it was sooo good! Good, fresh ingredients and they know how to use the spices. This is a casual place, the interior not special or cosy, service is quick, good value.

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Outstanding! Great selection. - Edit

Huge and varied selection of vegan food. Mix if veggies and mock meat/fish/chicken. Tasty, spicy, generous portions.
No credit card - but an ATM over the road.

Pros: Delicious!

Cons: No credit card

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Love it - Edit

Can't go wrong with Mena's. Cheap as chips, big portions, huuuge menu (a little overwhelming). My personal fave is the "pork" steamed buns. We lived in Wellington for 5 months and visited on a few occasions, it never disappointed.

Pros: All vegan, Steamed buns!

Cons: Sometimes service is slow, Menu overwhelming

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delicious! - Edit

We ordered dumplings (pretty good), tum yum soup, and Laksa with veggie chicken and noodles (both delicious) we felt so good afterwards. The food was warm and spicy, and the service was friendly. Not a place to go if you are looking for a fine dining/cozy atmosphere, but such good food!

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Very Good Food - Edit

The sign says vegetarian and vegan, but I was informed by the proprietor that all is vegan. Had some great dumplings followed by a pot of chrysathymum tea, which was excellent. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food was excellent and service was spot on. Didn't have to wait long for my food and the servers were friendly. It's located in a very central and lively neighbourhood. Nice to know there are vegan options outside of Portland, OR.

Pros: Good menu.

Cons: None at the moment. :-)

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Excellent noodles - Edit

I went here twice during my 4 day stay. The first time I was disappointed as I went for a tofu rice main. When I was served it the tofu was fried (which the menu didn't specify) and that sort of ruined it for me because I don't like tofu fried. The second time I went for the chow mee noodlw/mock chicken main and it was excellent.

Pros: Excellent noodle dishes

Cons: The tofu is fried(does not specify on menu)

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spicy and warm - Edit

Asian home style cooking, tasty, good menu, friendly staff.

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Love this place - Edit

I've been meaning to try here as there is a frequent que to get a seat and that normally means it's a good place to eat. The staff are very friendly and so is the menu,very easy to read and choose giving you the popular choices highlighted with a smiley face. I had the curry noodle with the fake meat my husband had the laksa and both where amazing. We will be back for sure as everything on the menu is vegan. Love it and cheap too with big portions oh and the roti was yum filling and thicker than your normal roti which was great value for money. Again the staff where lovely it's warm and comfortable not fancy but hey it's all about the food at the end of the day!!

Pros: all options are vegan , cheap, big portions

Cons: none I can think of

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Long wait but worth it! - Edit

Delicious food and a lot to choose from! Just a bit annoying having to wait outside for 30 minutes though :/

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decent Asian food - Edit

Plenty of options and a friendly atmosphere. I'd rate this place with $$ symbols though

Pros: options , promptly served , friendly

Cons: not that cheap, more like $$

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Nice restaurant - Edit

We order some rice and a soup, both were really spicy but sooooo tasty.

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A must visit - Edit

Every time I visit Wellington I go here and they never disappoint.
The menu is extensive bit sticks to what they know: tasty Malay food.

Pros: vegan

Cons: I don't live nearby

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yummy & affordable - Edit

went here twice and the food was great. the soups, entrees and we had the lamb curry and chicken chow mee i think it was called. tasty mock meats! although the mock fish didnt taste anything like fish

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Sweet - Edit

Bon asiatique restaurant totalement vegan. Très bon. Je ne dirais pas non plus que c'est incroyablement bon. Mais ca va. Les sauces sont bonnes mais il manque quand meme un petit quelque chose.
L'ambiance est plutôt tranquille. Les serveurs très aimable aussi.

Pros: friendly staff

Cons: none

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Spectacular - Edit

Vibrant Chinese/Malaysian restaurant. We started with amazing vegan drumsticks as entrees, followed by a wholesome chicken laksa and a filling Nasi Goreng (which was honestly more like a special fried rice, but still delicious). Well priced. The waiters were adorable.

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the hype is true! - Edit

I've read great reviews about this place in every vegan group I'm joined in. Aunty Mena lived up to my expectation and more!

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just ok - Edit

I had great expectations about this place, but I was disappointed. Staff not particularly friendly, the place itself not very well maintained. Food was ok, but nothing remarkable. I had better vegan food in non-vegan (only vegan-friendly) restaurants in New Zealand.

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I wish Mena was my aunty! - Edit

I really enjoyed my laksa at this restaurant. Tofu, fried veggie balls, veggies in a coconut soup. Tasty and filling. Will go back next time I am in Wellington.

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Mmmm Yummm - Edit

Have been meaning to try out this place for a while now, Had the Roti canai which was delicious and reminded me of my travels through Malaysia. Definitely will be back next time I'm in Wellington!

Pros: Delicious Food , Good prices

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Truly Delicious - Edit

Had been hearing so many good things i decided i better check it out myself.. And i wasn't disappointed! Desperately craving something substantial in my stomach before an exam i headed down to Aunty Mena's and ordered the curry. So glad i did!

Will definitely be heading back.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-03

Pros: Delicious food, Good value

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Disappointed - Edit

I was excited to try this place, which is one of only a couple of entirely vegan restaurants in Wellington and has had lots of excellent reviews here. We shared two starters (satay and a soup) and two mains (a tofu dish and a laksa). I enjoyed the satay but everything else was rather bland and flavourless. It felt as if the chefs simply removed the meat and fish from traditional Chinese and Malaysian recipes, without putting much thought into how to make them 'work' as vegan dishes.

I also wasn't a fan of the atmosphere. It is a nice spot for people-watching but we sat right next to the fridge, which the servers accessed frequently during our meal.

Pros: Large menu

Cons: Food lacks flavour, Busy atmosphere

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WOW - Edit

The vegan fish curry was beyond magic!
Thank you :))

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Food amazing, service variable - Edit

I've been to Aunty Mena's quite a few times since it is just down the road from me. The food is great and good value, and it's a great vibe, but sometimes my meals have been entirely forgotten, causing service to be unnecessarily slow. But still love this place

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