It’s a little over six months since we landed in this country. As each day passes on, we are feeling a little more settled than the previous day.
Like it always happens in a new place, where everything from the traffic rules to the things in the supermarket are different from what we’ve gotten used to, with each new day, we learn something new.
Sometimes, it takes a little bit of asking around, taking recommendations from people who’ve been there for a while and at other times, we learn through trial and error before settling on something we  enjoy. So I decided to put out our experiences so that it would help other people who are new around here.


J and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on the fifth of February.Big B offered to  babysit Lil B for us and so we both went out for a nice dinner at a restaurant called  Coriander on Asaph street.Christchurch

At the outset,We were very excited to find a nice parking spot close to the restaurant.
We had to wait for sometime before we could be seated at the tables we had reserved earlier. In all fairness though ,we made our reservation very late.
The forest green with gold lined  walls , the lowlight interiors,the dull gold moroccan lanterns hanging from the ceiling gave the place a very Indian ,sophisticated air.

 All the staff were very attentive.  Our friendly waitress came checking on us often to see if we were happy . She even took a picture of us both when we told her that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.The managers too came and checked on us , which left us feeling very special .naturally!

For starters, we ordered Onion Bhajis. The Bhajis were tasty and the serving quite big for the both of us.
For the main, we ordered Chicken Madras, Kashmiri Naan and Kashmiri Pulav .
I found the Chicken Madras, a little too salty for our taste. I also  did not like the abundant use of desiccated  coconut in the Kashmiri pulav.  I wonder if our order was a bit off.  The Kashmiri Naan was ok.
For dessert, we had Gulab Jamun with  French Vanilla Ice Cream . I’m not a big fan of sweet stuff in general and so took just a couple of spoons to taste. J did enjoy it even though in his opinion it was nothing to write home about.
It was a nice finishing touch that the manager brought the Eftop machine to our table ,so that we could pay the bill without having walk around to the counter intruding on the dancing couples.
I really enjoyed watching the couples dancing  on the deck to some lovely music , as we waited for our bill .
What I missed and would have liked , is the complimentary Indian papad with mint chutney that we are so used to getting in India and Kuwait before the meal arrived.This is New Zealand and like everything else I think we’ll get used to that too!

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