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First Review by ampallang

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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There's more than Laksa! - Edit

I must admit that i stuck the the laksa the first 3 visits I had as it was extremely tasty..
It seems very popular, but I can also now vouch for the curry noodles, and definitely the roti dish with potato/tofu curry.
So 2 more recommendations if you're worried about trying something new thinking it won't beat the laksa!

Pros: full of flavour, plenty of options, meat eaters love this place too

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Yummy Laksa! - Edit

Laksa is divine, especially the veggie balls in it. My partner took fried rice, which was okay, but there was frozen veggies in it, which made it little bland.

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Good Asian food, lovely staff - Edit

Lovely very friendly staff! Good food, everything is vegan. Good options too.

Pros: friendly staff

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Simple, respectable Asian fare - Edit

I was in Wellington in December last year and ate here three times, so can give a good 'averaged' rating.

There's no pretence as to appearances - just the basics. The food is similar, prepared in the small open kitchen to the front left of the restaurant (if you're looking out onto Cuba St).

As such, its focus is on providing inexpensive, freshly prepared food, which it does a good job of. I didn't find it that inspiring, but it was decent, low priced food. Oh, and it's the only vegan place in town, which is in its favour.

The first time i visited i had Nasi Goreng, which was ok, but nothing to write home about - it had a slightly off centre taste.

I switched to Nasi Campur next time, which was a step up. At Aunty Mena's this was basically curried vegetables and i think tofu slices served with steamed rice and some cashews. Sounds simple, but i enjoyed it and it was filling.

The place can be busy at times, other times quieter. One time they were hard up for space and i was asked to share a table with some other people. If you're into people watching, this is a good place to do it when it's busy, providing you have an appropriate position.


Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 19, 2016

Pros: vegan, reasonably priced, can people watch when busy

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Good value - Edit

Really good value for money and huge variety of vegan dishes on the menu.
The staff are really nice here and it is one of my favourite places to go out for dinner.

Pros: Value, Large range

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Spicy Malaysian vegan menu - Edit

We went there for dinner early on a Monday night and just managed to secure the last table. by the time we left there were customers waiting and others resorting to takeaways. I had the Tom yum with dumplings - very spicy be warned, but suited my taste for Asian flavours. Husband had the laksa. Both highly recommended. We started with a shared satay - good crunchy peanut sauce. A huge menu, plenty of choices. The dessert was a highlight - sago with rich coconut cream and a thick topping of hula Malacca - treacle like concoction made with palm sugar.

Pros: Large choice of Malaysian themes food, Nearly all vegan , Quick efficient service

Cons: None really, but can get full

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very tasty - Edit

Great food, lots of vegan options to choose from and fast service. Not a fancy place at all but calm and friendly.

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Worst experience ever! - Edit

My travel mate & I went there after a four hours ferry crossing from the Southern island to the Northern one. No need to mention we were starving!
Firstly, we were refused a seat in the crowded restaurant because only a four seats table was available. A couple of ladies were seated there right after we came in!
When asked about the dishes, the staff was unable to explain what's in it. Gluten BBQ will remain a mystery for us. I had Nasi Goreng and my friend had a "chicken" curry. Both were tasteless with overcooked greens in the curry. Even steamed rice was of poor quality.
With tons of other veg options available in the street and surroundings, we better had to avoid this one!

Pros: 100% veg

Cons: Service, Cooking, Food

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Nice! - Edit

The service is friendly, and the roti is pure perfection..!

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Vegan and delicious - Edit

I stop by whenever I'm in town, mainly for the wontons, but the "chicken" laksa is amazing, as are a lot of the dishes. A dining experience I'm always happy to travel for.

Pros: Vegan, Low priced, Delicious

Cons: Does not accept credit card, Not a classy establishment

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