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May 18, 2014 | by  | in Food Opinion |
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Chow review

When thinking of places to review, I thought of this week’s ‘Internet’ theme. Chow has by far the best social-media presence of any restaurant that I can think of in Wellington. Their delectable Instagram feed and their weekly Monday two-for-one food promotion, as well as their weekly Twitter “Date night” giveaway coupled with delicious (“very ‘grammable”) food, has resulted in an extremely popular restaurant. #datenight trends on Twitter most Tuesdays, and many Wellingtonians appear to have joined Twitter merely for the chance to win date night.

The décor is modern but not cold; almost industrial aspects of pebbled concrete floor and industrial windows offset by lux fabrics and modern furniture. The outdoor space overlooking Tory St is particularly popular in the summer months. Chow has a diverse clientele, with many student and yo-pro couples as well as family groups.

Chow has small tapas-style plates that vary between $7 and $16 each. You probably want to eat two of them. My date and I attempted to share six plates after a cocktail while we waited for our table and left with our jeans undone. The extensive, delicious Asian-fusion menu has meant that for a long while Chow was my favourite affordable Wellington restaurant, but I’ve gorged myself on too much Chow in recent months so I’m going to have to take a break. At least 15 per cent of my body is now composed of blue-cheese-and-peanut wontons.

The menu is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, with dairy-free and gluten-free options. They also use free-range chicken, pork and eggs and sustainably line-caught fish. My personal favourites are the aforementioned wontons, the beggar’s purses and the pumpkin and cumin salad. If you’ve never tried edamame before, Chow is the place to try it.

My only qualms with Chow are that it’s easy to rack up a decent-sized bill if you’re feeling hungry, as the portions are small, and if you’re trying to go for two-for-one Monday or on Saturday when they have cocktail specials, then expect a long wait time, although it’s always worth the wait in the end.

PS Hey Chow why haven’t I won #datenight yet????

PPS You can find Chow upstairs on the corner of Tory/Courtenay or on Woodward St. Both do takeaways.


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