Asian Restaurant, 43 Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand
Walking along the main street of Dunedin, Princes St (those familiar with Edinburgh will see here a sign of the origin of the city; such indications are plentiful), one passes shops clearly being used for purposes other than those for which they were built and sad restaurants with few customers. Having been through hard times, the economy of Dunedin is clearly being reconfigured around students and tourists, and members of both groups are in evidence at this very popular restaurant just a few steps away from the centre of town, which had been recommended by a local. A large bowl of mushroom and sweet corn soup offered fresh mushrooms and corn which had largely settled towards the bottom. Perhaps because we are obviously not Chinese, the soup was served alone at the beginning of the meal, and only when it was finished did we move on to the main dish, soft fried bean curd in red wine sauce that came with carrot, celery, onion and red capsicum, which was oddly sweet and very filling. A serve of Chinese mushroom with bok choi was less interesting and not strongly flavoured, but worked well as a side dish. This was a fine meal on a cold night.