Published on July 7th, 2011 | by Ultimate OmNoms1
The Mecca Influence
I’d love to dine here everyday! It’s not a fancy restaurant but the stone fireplace exudes comfortable familiarity. The interior of this restaurant really gives a cozy cafe warmth, I could live here in winter!
I absolutely fell in love with this shrimp cocktail. The combination of avocado, shrimp and zingy lemon was nothing fancy but was a melting heaven in the mouth. See that sauce drizzled on top? Who would have thought of putting chocolate sauce on shrimp! Clearly Mecca pulled it off.
However, sitting beside her it was an entirely different story. Do you remember in the last post, Rayshurshur mentioned how he loves to suck out the bone marrow? Cecilia had to watch (hear) him do his thing…
The lamb was actually very difficult to eat, it was juicy and full of sauce.There was no way to clean this dish up without getting your hands dirty. Sitting beside Cecilia and her dainty little main, comes the ultimate question: rip into it with hands or be civilised with a knife and fork?
Nonetheless, I found this dish to be very cliche – potatoes, lamb, thyme; nothing that jumped and yelled OMNOMNOM in my face!
Pannacotta! How many times have we featured pannacotta on Ultimate OmNoms already? So simple, so delightful. Mango and strawberry on top, surrounded by caramel sauce, perfect for summer.
I’ve always heard others say that Mecca is overrated, but it may be because there are already 5 Mecca restaurants in Auckland so it feels like a big chain, like Starbucks or The Coffee Club – after all Mecca is also a cafe.
There was a slight inconsistency in the food. Pretty entree, pretty dessert, but a lazy main. If you just feel like taking a stroll along the beach or taking the family out for a casual dinner – this is the place to relax and chill out (or how the young people say it chillax).
1 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland
Phone: (09) 445 9559