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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 26, 2012
Hutt Minoh Friendship House
Manga (art of Japanese comics), learn how to draw and
create your own manga with tutors Jem Yoshioka and Su
Mon. Eight-week block course $150 (includes materials)
Japanese cultural classes
starts Wednesday evening, February 29. Suitable ages 12+. Ph Su 021 264 7274
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) with Brigitte Takenaka, 565 1488.
Japanese silk embroidery, February 16-19, tutor Maureen Moore, 569 6692.
Tea ceremony, ph Brigitte 565 1488.
Calligraphy, an introduction, Rosemary 586 4180.
Pre-school and primary school introduction to Japanese culture classes,
one-hour session, Brigitte 565 1488.
Many of these arts will be demonstrated at a Japan Open Day at
Hutt Minoh Friendship House, 38 Normandale Road, Lower
Hutt, on Sunday, January 29, 1-4pm, wet or fine, free entry.
Is Your Backyard An Embarrassment?
The very best of Indian dining
Great India is the grand-daddy
of Wellington s many Indian
It says a lot for the consist-
ently superb food and service
Great India offers that in a
crowded market, it is thriving
after nearly 30 years.
The Tailor family set it up in
Mercer St, where it replaced the
much-loved Mecca in 1983.
That building was demolished
about four years later and Great
India focused on catering for Air
New Zealand passenger
However, in 1992 it moved
into its current site, at 141
Manners St, replacing Chinese
Manners St has been a
moveable feast over the past two
decades, but Great India has
never wavered, building a large
and loyal clientele.
Owners Rakesh and Harshida
Tailor pride themselves on
Great India s service, and it is
Staff don t just take orders.
They explain what various
dishes offer and when they
deliver them, there s often a
morsel of extra information
added. For example, we started
with platter of poppadoms and a
selection of chutneys.
When these arrived, he
explained they had been placed
in ascending order from mild to
extremely hot . The way he
said extremely hot served as a
quiet warning to proceed with
Great India looks classy.
In the entrance are two
fishtanks, a familiar sight by
now. There was a disaster in
2009 when the main aquarium
sprang a leak and the owners
arrived to find 1000 litres of
water had spilled into the res-
taurant and nearly all their
precious piranhas were dead.
Tableclothes and napkins are
linen, the floor is carpeted and
the red walls are decorated
mainly by sequinned wall
hangings and Rajasthani
Four of us dined there on
Sunday and decided to try the
full range. We declined a wine --
a pity because the wine list is
extensive -- but tried beers from
New Zealand, Japan and
I went for a dal soup ($7.50),
which was extremely tasty, the
more so with lemon added. The
onion bhajia ($8) arrived redder
than we had expected, but was
pronounced first-class. And the
seekh kebab ($9.50) was big
enough to be shared by two.
For mains we ventured into
chicken korma ($18.50), bhuna
josh ($18.50), chicken jalferzi
($18.50) and palak paneer
($16.50). All were excellent and
a fair bit of swapping took place,
accompanied by satisfied sighs.
The servings at Great India
are big -- we erred previously by
ordering too many entrees and
not being able to do justice to the
We were really were full by
the end of the mains on Sunday,
but ploughed on gamely into
dessert. The kulfi, a frozen dairy des-
sert ($8.50), was the pick, though the
mango lassi drink ($4.50), was more-
ish enough to qualify as the dessert
you re having when you don t have a
The bill came to $182 for four. Con-
sidering the amount we d got
through, it represented very good
Great India is open for lunch and
dinner seven days a week.
Extra trains run on Cup Day
Tranz Metro is putting on extra
trains for the Trentham races
On Wellington Cup race day,
January 28, there will be three
additional services between
11am and 12.30pm on the Hutt
Combined race day tickets,
which include entry to
Trentham and return train
travel, can be bought from Tranz
Metro ticket offices.
There will be additional ticket
sellers at the Wellington and
Trentham stations on Cup Day.
Trentham Station ticket sales
will be cash only.
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