Sunny Town or 阳阳 opened its doors on Lorne Street to public early October this year. Joining the ranks of the many restaurants along the busy street frequented by youngsters and students.
Sunny Town is the first New Zealand branch outside of China, and also making it the newest addition to its existing 25 branches in China. Sunny Town aims to let people have an authentic taste of Northern and Central China right here in New Zealand.
Without further ado, let us share with you our experience at Sunny Town.
To make sure there is consistency across food quality presented to customers, all buns and dumplings are made from scratch. Right in front of your eyes at the restaurant.
With a kitchen managed by experienced Chinese chefs, and traditional recipes and spices directly imported from China, Sunny Town aims to bring a taste of the authentic flavors of China closer to you.
If you have been to their branches in China, you might even notice that they have similar design for the Auckland branch!
Experiences at Sunny Town
We would like to use 3 words to describe Sunny Town to you. Effective and delicious.
We love how you are greeted with effectiveness right from the moment you step into the restaurant. You are given a menu with 4 simple categories when you step into the restaurant; appetizers, noodles, buns and dumplings, and dessert and drinks.
Regardless if you are dining in or taking away, you’ll be given a buzzer when you’re done ordering. If you are dining in, simply place the buzzer on the sticker of the clean empty table you’re ushered to. All you have to do next is sit and wait. Your delicious food will be delivered right to you before you know it!
We have described earlier how Sunny Town tries to bring the flavor of Northern and Central China to you. Next, we want to let the food entice you to give this restaurant a try. However, before we do that, let us give you a quick introduction to the flavors of Northern and Central China.
Northern China flavors
The non-spicy dishes in the menu came from regions close to Beijing, China. Essentially, this would refer to. Northern Chinese flavors focus on replacing calories and salt due to their harsh winters and hot summers.
The result, a strong flavor achieved with salt and strong seasonings. Adding richness to its dishes without covering up the natural flavor of the ingredients.
Central China flavors
The spicy dishes in the menu drew inspiration from Sichuan, China. These spicy flavors are famous for its numbing and spicy taste. A result from the liberal use of garlic, chili peppers, and the unique Sichuan peppercorn.
The Sichuan peppercorn has an intense fragrant, citrus-like flavor and produces a “tingly-numbing” sensation in the mouth. This tingly-numbing taste from the peppercorn is what give Sichuan dishes its unique and famous numbing and spicy taste.
The menu items
Now that you have a slight understanding of the Northern and Central flavors, let us show you what we’re talking about.
Dishes with Northern-Chinese flavors
Dishes with Central-Chinese Flavors
These are all the pictures that we have for now. We’ll try to update them as we revisit Sunny Town. We were not able to taste everything on the menu during our visit thought we really wanted to. Our stomachs had a limited capacity unfortunately.
Spiciness Levels and Dietary Restrictions
For those of you who are not able to take food that are too spicy, don’t worry! Simply let the staff taking your order know that you would like mild spicy or reduced spiciness.
Apart from spiciness levels, their menu indicates which dishes contain nuts, or other restrictions. Simply tell them about your dietary restrictions when you’re ordering, and these items could be removed.
We know our photo skills are not amazing, and we’re working on taking better pictures in general. So we may not be doing Sunny Town and its food much justice with our photos.
Nevertheless, the only way you can tell for sure is to head over there the next time you are around the area. We’re not too sure about you, but we will certainly be visiting Sunny Town when we are in the area. Especially when we have a hankering for authentic Chinese flavors.
With that, we’ll end our post here. If you have feedback on the restaurant you’d like to share, just reach out to us through our Contact Us page!
Where is it located?
10-14 Lorne Street,
+64 9 373 5388
P.S. They are closed on Sundays, and dishes are while stocks last. So be there early to avoid disappointment!