The F&B brews its own beers plus has a huge range of NZ craft beers on tap. There's something for everyone here - be it a very hoppy or dark and bready brew. The food is okay though nothing to rave about - a bit better than pub grub though rather basic if my lunch is typical.
Favorite Dish: I had the fish of the day (go figure!!) and it was okay. Terakihi with potatoes and beans at $24 a plate. Very basic but nice enough. My beer selection was Number 8 Wired's Hopwired - fantastic though at $11 a pint and 7.3% you'll probably only need one at lunch time!!
If I was rating only the beers here then it would be more toward the 'great experience' score. The food did let the place down though no complaints.
Nice café and restaurant in the CBD of Wellington. Fast service, nice choice of Belgium beer (no La Chouff, though. Pity). Card in Dutch, French and English. Traditionals. The "French" fries are brilliant. The green lip mussels, big and fat, but, hmmm, we prefer the Belgium (actually from the old Zeeland, in The Netherlands) ones.
Favorite Dish: The Hougaarden beer and the frites
After work, a lot of people come here to have a drink. Gradually the restaurants is being filled by guests. When we arrived, at about 18.00, the restaurant was still closed, we were the first. The menu doesn't boast a large number of items, but there is a good choice. We had lamb, fish and vegetarian. All perfect.
Also a great place to have drink outside. Very busy on Friday afternoon.
Favorite Dish: the fish of the day
This restaurant occupies a former bank building, dating back to the 20's, on the corner of Cuba Street and Vivian Street. It probably is one of the best in Wellington, not cheap, but well worth the visit. They created some marvellous dishes, have a fine wine list and impeccable service. Try to get a table upstairs, it is nice and cosy. Down stairs is a bit to noisy (the only draw back).
Even if you do not eat here: visit it to have a look at the bar. It doubles as a aquarium.
Favorite Dish: The entre with white bait
We had lunch at this store / lunch room near the Te Papa Museum (we were not impressed by its cafe). Large choice of breads, sandwiches, rolls. Good bread, European style. Good coffees and fruit juices. You can look into the bakery.
Favorite Dish: The stuffed vega-bread.
After walking Wellington's streets for hours, I was exhausted and just happened to trip over this place in search of a coffee (or 3...). I chose to sit outside because the setting is off the pavement and is relatively quiet/ private enough for a coffee break. The staff were very friendly and sociable and the coffee arrived swiftly. Always a good start as far as I'm concerned!
The coffee was so good that I ordered another...
I liked the atmosphere even though the place was quiet at mid-afternoon during the working week. It looks like it gets busy and several self-employed types were holding 'coffee' meetings with clients whilst I was there.
The WiFi connectivity was good and I had no pressure to order more or leave...
I'd come back again.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the 'Roast marinated chicken salad with bulgur, almond, herbs and carrots' and although initially baulking at the size of the portion, I ate it all! It was positively devine, so creative and beautiful to look at and at the same time, so delectably delicious to eat! The title confuses the senses and it sounds like it's an overload of too many ingredients - but it's not. It's extremely finely balanced and it works. If you're into alternative salads, then try this out!
It was my last day in Wellington. A chilly afternoon in March when I was walking through the streets with my main luggage and just wanted to sit somewhere in the warmth, having a cup of tea and read a book for a while. But this was fairly hard to find, as the cafes often are wide open to the street or they're tiny and not very spacious. Finally I had found a cosy cafe in Lambton Quay, but as it was very busy at lunch time and no more tables free I felt obliged to leave.
A few houses further I discovered another cafe (well, in fact it was more a big sandwich buffet with a few chairs and tables) and the prices were very reasonable.
I bought a large sandwich and the lady at the buffet told me that there are more tables upstairs. so I decided to go there and as I saw the rooms my eyes started to glance. it was exactly what I had been looking for. though the floor seemed naked and cold, the room was very spacious, private and gave a very agreeable warmth back.
I spent a few peaceful hours with finally more dishes there and felt very satisfied.
ann and steve (hopefully I'm right with the names) did a wonderful job with it; and Nicole served me with a warm and friendly smile.
try it, it's a secret place!
Favorite Dish: sandwiches, desserts, shakes (that's what I had - and it was great)
Gotham is a great spot for breakfast in the middle of Wellington. It's located on Chews Lane (between Victoria & Willis Sts) and provides a nice atmosphere, good coffee & nice food. Food prices are about average though the coffee was a bit pricey. It's a good location for a cruisy chat or business session )(which is what I was doing).
Favorite Dish: I had porridge here and it came with cubed hot apple and brown sugar. Very nice. My breakfast companion had bacon & eggs & it looked good - he said it was really nice.
Good seafood and a good collection of Kiwi wines & beers
Shed 22 Brewing Company is working to provide the Capital City and its surrounding areas with the best and freshest Lion Brown, Wellington’s number one tap beer.
Favorite Dish: Salmon
Always popular with local asians. Yummy food @ a low cost, if you don't mind the the environment - not that flashy. Hey, you're here for the food. Click on the website below for the menu. I would recommend Bee Bung.
Favorite Dish: • Bee Bung (vermicelli, minted salad, grated carrot, pork balls, stir fried beef, spring rolls with peanut sauce)
• Spring rolls
Coyote open 7 days a week, from 10am for lunch, dinner & weekend brunch. In the evenings, it transforms into a vibrant busy bar with DJs entertaining the crowds with the latest dance music well into the small hours.
I find that a little too noisy for dinner with the music and a little too many smokers...well, you could imagine what a bar is like... but I quite like the Santa Fe & adobe design style. Food wise, it's ok.
They have franchise in Chirstchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga & Hamilton.
Theo's Greek Taverna offers a truly memorable Greek experience (I've never been to Greece to compare though)... good food, music & entertainment. By the way, live music is only available from Thursdays to Saturdays. The Mediterranean decor & trailing grapevines covered courtyard makes the place special & wonderful.
Theo’s opens 6 days for dinner, expect Mondays.
Boulcott Street Bistro is a gorgeous Gothic cottage tucked away among the high rises of the CBD. (One of the waitresses informed us of it's history; it was built in the 1870's and is now was a government protected property, and is maintained as a historic New Zealand site.)
The transition from the noisy and busy city, through the front door is definitely a pleasant change! There is a warm and vibrant atmosphere, and friendly staff.
We sat at the bar and took a drink as we waited for our table - the barman was knowledgeable and talked to us about the various wines on offer.
Favorite Dish: I chose the prawn risotto and the fillet steak with Bearnaise and fries - this was delicious. The risotto was really tasty and the combination of the prawns with a spicy sausage was perfect. The steak was very tender, great Bearnaise and with the side of beetroot it very was satisfying.
My partner had the pork belly main, it's not something we usually choose as it's not always available free range. He loved it!
The Backbencher is a pub opposite NZ's parliament with a politically satirical theme.
Not sure of the food, but beer is pretty much at central Wellington prices, ie. $7.50 for a handle of beer.
It's worth dropping in for one or two drinks if you are out of town. The puppets of local politicians are quite interesting.
Dahra bills their food as authentically Korean, yet outside the mainstream of Korean restaurant food. The main difference seems to be that not everything is spicy, and many of the dishes have an elegant simplicity that sets them apart from most Korean food I've had (which tends to fall in the 'greasy spoon' category). The end result was impressive, with high quality ingredients and tasty dishes. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and modern, with the added touch of handmade Korean pottery. The pottery placemats were a particularly stunning touch. The service was also attentive and professional. What makes Dahra special is its combination of a stylish atmosphere and Asian cuisine, a combination that's all too rare in Asian restaurants (outside of Asia that is).
Favorite Dish: The Bibim Bap at Dahra is great because you get to choose your type of rice, choose your sauce, and choose your toppings. The overall effect is fun and yummy. My favourite version is a non-traditional offering - Smoked Salmon Bibim Bap (with Samjang sauce).
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