Seeking to expand its unique offering, popular Ponsonby restaurant Khu Khu has opened a brand new space in Milford, bringing its flavoursome style of vegan Thai food to the North Shore.
The original Khu Khu, on Ponsonby Road, was born from the experiences of Owner Michael Khuwattanasenee, who was inspired to open a vegan restaurant after undertaking a 30-Day Challenge. Over that time, he had struggled to find plant-based options when dining out, particularly at Asian eateries, given their proclivity for meat and for subtle animal-based ingredients like fish and oyster sauces. Khuwattanasenee, who is Thai, decided to take matters into his own hands. He assembled a team of Thai chefs who share his dietary values and together, they developed innovative, plant-based food that remains true to Thai flavours, made with only fresh, vegan ingredients. Unsurprisingly, it was quickly popular, and now, Khuwattanasenee has opened the doors to a second outpost that is set to charm Milford locals in the same way.
The menu at the new spot still adheres to Khuwattanasenee’s ‘quality over quantity’ mantra, and heroes a number of mouthwatering Thai dishes, from small spring rolls made with kumara glass noodles and a sweet carrot sauce to Thai curries, a delicious Pad Thai made with tempeh, and even a mind-blowing vegan ‘duck’ Drunken Noodles (that really has to be tasted to be believed).
While most of these dishes can also be found at the Ponsonby restaurant, there are newcomers on the menu at Milford, too. A Massaman Curry with tender vegan ‘beef’ chunks sits alongside a zesty Thai Beef Salad with lemongrass ‘beef’ chunks and fresh red onion and cucumber. Also, on the dessert menu, a moreish Pandan Cheesecake is set to satiate any sweet tooth, comprising a salty and sweet coconut-vanilla cake with a butter-cookie base and a caramel sauce, alongside a new Raspberry Panna Cotta, where a coconut-based panna cotta is topped with fresh berry and cookie crumb.
The Khu Khu Milford space is intimate and elegant, with a simple palette and contemporary fixtures. It is modern, and welcoming and speaks to the forward-looking, inclusive philosophy of its owner. So, whether you’ve already dined at (and loved) Khu Khu Ponsonby or are simply a Milford local, looking to try something new, Khu Khu’s new outpost is now open and taking bookings. From its flavourful food that offers something completely different to its great, laid-back vibe, this new spot is a must-try in our books.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday — 5pm until 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm until 10pm
91 Kitchener Rd