Wines & Dines: Bazza’s Steakhouse, Pukekohe

Tucked away on the corner of Seddon & Tobin Lanes in Pukekohe (just behind the Countdown!) is the South Auckland famous yet well-kept secret of Bazza’s Steak House.

We started our meal with the Chicken Liver Paté. It was light & creamy, topped with a generous amount of roasted red pepper relish. There is definitely enough to share, so ask for extra crisp toasted French bread rounds. From there we took our opportunity to visit the “salad valley” where all salads are kept nice and chilled – safety first people!

For my main, I stuck with my tried and true crumbed fillet fingers which are made of succulent eye fillet coated in a sesame and poppy seed crumb, which is then flash fried. On some occasions, I have some left over – not this time! Garnished with crispy onion, I had mine with garlic mash and garlic sauce although there are several sauce and side options. Papa M had the Chicken Steak Out which is a tender chicken breast with cranberry and cream cheese wrapped in bacon and filo pastry, served with a warm plum sauce. He also chose the garlic mash – at least we’re both garlic lovers, right?

I’m definitely more a dessert person than Papa M, so he settled in with a hot chocolate as I tried the Sundae Jazz topped with whipped cream & gooey caramel sauce. I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned ice-cream sundae, even if it means I have to take a lactase tablet!

Note to the wise – the restaurant gets insanely busy after all local provincial rugby games. If you are planning to go on a Friday or a Saturday, booking is a must! The night we went was a game night so we decided to go earlier (6 ish) to have a more relaxed experience. We were impressed to see that they have a staff training programme in place – we had two waitstaff as a new waitress was shadowing our more experienced waitress, a great way to show commitment to consistency of service. Hit this place if you’re into hearty meals with a more sophisticated atmosphere than your usual steakhouse – you are paying for quality.

Bazza’s Steak House / Cnr Tobin & Seddon Lanes, Pukekohe / www.bazzas.co.nz

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