Little Huia

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  • Western
  • Western
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  • Australian and New Zealand
403 Dagu Lu

This simple but stylish joint on Dagu Lu serves New Zealand fare, which broadly means Western classics. Think burgers, fish and chips, pizzas and big breakfasts, with some lamb and seafood thrown in – all cooked simply, with good ingredients.

Lunch specials from the blackboard include a ‘Kiwi’ lamb burger (100RMB, with soup or soft drink), which comes on ciabatta with mozzarella, caramelised onions, fried egg, a black olive tapeneade, peppers, onion, tomato and mayo, with thick-cut fries on the side. It’s a mass of flavours, but so good. The beef soup is homey and delicious, with steak quality beef and hearty chunks of potato and peppers. New Zealand blue cod fish and chips (80RMB, plus soup and drink) is less successful, with slightly soggy batter.

New Zealand oysters (110-130RMB/ 6; 220-250RMB/12) and mussels (90RMB) are on offer on the blackboard, while pricier items from the a la carte menu include New Zealand lamb with rosemary and garlic sausage (90RMB), blue cod filet (160RMB) and lamb rack with cumin and coriander (190RMB).

The best deal at Little Huia might be the breakfasts, from 8.30-10.30am Monday-Friday, including dishes like blueberry pancakes (40RMB) and eggs Benedict (50RMB). The big breakfast (65RMB) comes with an egg, excellent hash browns, beef and lamb sausages, bacon, mushrooms and fried sweet cherry tomatoes, with brown bread. It’s not huge, but the ingredients are fresh and wholesome.

With good service and a decent list of 23 New World wines (40-60RMB/glass), this is a welcome new venue, especially for breakfast and lunch.

Nathan Hood

Venue name: Little Huia
Opening hours: 8.30am-11pm daily
Metro: Nanjing Xi Lu
English address: 403 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Er Lu, Luwan district
Chinese address: 卢湾区大沽路403号,近石门一路