New Zealand's restaurant's menu denounced for being racist

Last Updated: Jan 12 2018 17:11

A New Zealand restaurant has been denounced for using sarcastic racial slogans on its menu.

Asian fusion restaurant Bamboozle in Christchurch features dishes with the names "Chirri Garrik an Prawn Dumpring", "Ho Lee Kok" and "Zhou Dynasty 'Snake Mother'".

"This makes me so mad. There's no racism in NZ, I beg to... differ" said social media user Chris Tse on Twitter. Some even took to leaving negative reviews of the restaurant on its Google page, the BBC said.

However, there were others that said the menu was “hilarious”. In response Twitter user Julian Liew-Young said: "One Chinese person not finding it offensive doesn’t mean it's ok."

"I guarantee you the majority of Asians in New Zealand don’t see this as funny. You find it funny because you haven't been taunted like this for your whole life. It’s not funny. It’s just basic."

Speaking to The NZ Herald, the restaurant owner Philip Kraal defended the restaurant, saying that "pretty much everyone [sic] of our customers enjoys the written menu as part of their overall experience".

In response to the clamour, New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy said: "We've plenty of world-class restaurants in New Zealand, there's nothing world class about using racial stereotypes to sell food."