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    Iona: Iona

    by fishandchips Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    Based in Dukes Archade between Manners St and Willis st, Iona is a great place for a coffee. The people running this place used to run Cafe Neo and they are the reason why it was so successful.

    Service is lightening quick and the selection of food is quite good.

    The shop being inside doesn't have any street views which is a bit of a negative but the seating is well set up so no real problems. Prices are good and the coffee is very good.

    Favorite Dish: I like a mocca and bacon & egg sandwich for my morning tea. First thing it's a short espresso (ristretto). At breakfast time the Muesli & fruit is a great option and at $8.50 it's also fairly cheap.

    Muesli & Fruit Moccha Bowl
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    Mediterranean Food Warehouse: More than just a pizza place

    by craic Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    I had had a bit of a fright on the zebra crossing in Constable Street - taxi behind the car that stopped for me neglected to notice this and rear ended the polite car. I had leapt up in the air like a gazelle and shouted Farrkkkkk! (now why did I think Up was a good idea?) and I could see polite guy wondering why I was doing this. And then he found out.

    Anyway, I needed a coffee so this place was the handiest.

    The cheap and cheerful pizza and coffee place was full of cheerful Mediterranean familes. And there was Italian gelato (Made on the Premises) that looked like it would hit the spot on a day that wasn't quite so bleak and wet. (I will return.)

    I particularly like the Italian pop music. As I calmed my nerves I could hear guy singing with all his heart - "Sono qui." (I am here.)

    But it was the warehouse behind that was the find. If you have got to have prosecco or limoncello, or you are craving panettone (hard to imagine that, craving panettone) or you require prosciutto di Parma or Emiliano, or bocconcini or whatever - this is your place.

    Favorite Dish: Will report back re gelato.

    REPORTING BACK RE GELATO - It was very good but way way way too expensive. Maybe girl who served me decided to give me an ungenerous tiny minute small kiddie portion - but I have never paid such a price for an icecream before and don't intend to go back and find out if that is the usual size.

    It's raining in Wellington. Unusual.

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    Picnic: Very peaceful - at one with nature

    by craic Updated May 15, 2008

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    Perfectly agreeable cafe - normal sort of prices and range of tucker - BUT it is situated in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden in the Botanic Gardens - so on a beautiful day (Wellington does have the odd beautiful day - true!) there is nowhere more beautiful or peaceful to have your coffee and excellent cheese scone. Or your pasta or soup or sandwich.
    There is a sign suggesting you do not feed the birds BUT they do not need you to feed them but send shock troops in all the time so if you look away for a moment it is a Kthnxbye sort of situation as your scone vanishes. My mum and I started to laugh at the whole range of food appropriating behaviours. From frank and outright begging and fading away in front of your eyes dying from hunger what a big meanie you are TO red alert all together now we distract and conquer!
    And the rose gardens stretch out around you and the bush clad hills loom. Just gorgeous.
    More about the Botanic Gardens on Things To Do.
    BTW you can get to them on the Cable Car.

    Favorite Dish: My brother tells me that the Island Bay sausages are famous.

    15% loading on weekends and public holidays.

    Pigeon is too late. Missed out on the crumbs. Sparrows working overtime. Very insanitary I am sure.

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    Higher Taste Restaurant: Vege & Vegan Food

    by fishandchips Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    This place is under the old BNZ and is a Hare Krishna restaurant. The food is all vege or vegan and the selection is good. Food is in a buffet style set-up and you pick the plate size you want (the charge is by plate size) and fill it up.

    Plates are sort of small, medium & large with the price $7.50 for small, $9.50 medium & $12.50 for the large. You can pile a LOT of food onto a small plate so go for a smaller plate and load it up.

    The music being played was typically that sort you might associate with Hare Krishna.

    Favorite Dish: The food was all good with rice & curries & spuds & all sorts of salads. You could also buy bean curd for an extra $1. They also have juices, herbal teas, Paneer & Vegetarian Yoghurt.

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    Kazu: Exquisite Japanse

    by knerten Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    D'oh! Why didn't I go here yesterday, instead of wasting my money at the Eastern Sunrise (see above). Same price and ten times better food and the ambience...
    Nice wooden interior. You can choose to sit at the counter, at a table or traditionally Japanese. Nice lighting. Contemporary Jazz music, not too loud, just right.
    When you enter, the whole staff (3 waiters and 5 cooks behind the counter) greets you in Japanese, and the say goodbye to you when you leave.
    Friendly waiters, always coming to your table and asking if there's anything else I want. Smiling...
    What a difference to my Eastern Sunrise Cafeteria (I even had to downgrade yesterday's rating on that one).

    Favorite Dish: Starters:
    Japanese fishcake (fried, 8 wedges, served with grated radish), NZ$6
    Main:
    Tofu steak (fried, 3 cubes, with spring onion, fried onion, shiitake mushroom* and bean sprouts in a sweet soy sauce on a hot platter), NZ$10
    Dessert:
    Sesame ice cream (4 scoops), NZ$4

    * I asked the waiter for shiitake, but what I got were ordinary mushrooms...

    Tofu Steak
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    Big Thumb: Good Chinese Food

    by fishandchips Updated Nov 29, 2007

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    Big Thumb is located on Allen St, just off Courtenay Place. I went here for dinner with a work mate (Bubba) and we were both quite happy with our food. We each got soup and a main and had a drink each with a total cost of $62 which is quite reasonable.

    The restaurant is reasonably big with really cool old style carved tables - the bigger ones including a lazy susan for groups who like to share.

    The service was quick and the staff really friendly. Being a Monday night the restaurant was on the quiet side so we had no problem getting a table.

    Favorite Dish: I had chicken & sweet corn soup and it was nice. My main was beef, mushroom & cashew nuts and it was really good. Bubba had Won Ton soup and Garlic Chilli Chicken (I tried some of the chicken and it was great).

    Beef, Mushroom & Cashew Nuts Chicken & Sweet Corn soup
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    The Chocolate Fish: Eat Fish Made of Chocolate

    by djramey Written Dec 12, 2003

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    The Chocolate Fish, likely the most photographed and beloved cafe in all of Wellington, is known to Wellingtonians as a beautiful place to eat beautiful food with beautiful (and likely wealthy) people. Set 8 km from the city centre, the Fish lays home on one of Wellington's finest beaches.

    You can sit in the restaurant or its veranda, or you can cross the street and sit on the small boardwalk where waiters and waitresses will bring your food, careful to dodge passing cars.

    To get to the Fish just follow the coast - drive around the Mirimar Peninsula, through the Shelly Bay Airforce base (beautiful views of the harbour and city) and out of the blue you come to the Chocolate Fish. Or head to the airport, turn left at Seatoun, down Broadway, through the Seatoun tunnel and left at the beach - 5 minute drive (some pretty nice houses to look at on the way).

    Also, if you ask if Janine is working, tell her you know of me and you might get a special deal. :) (No probably not, but she is one of my closest friends.)

    Favorite Dish: The Fish specializes in all day breakfast, and I must admit I am a huge fan. Semolina and gingered fruit compote, bircher muesli, fruit and yoghurt; scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with hollandaise; kidneys, mushroom and bacon are a few of the things advertised on the webpage, and I will say they are all very good.

    But the food is not sophisticated, you know what you like, and everything there is worth a try.

    You might also be dining next to a famous artist or rugby player, as they frequent the cafe.

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    Coyote Restaurant: Coyote Restaurant

    by fishandchips Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    I've labled this place as a steakhouse but the menu is much more varied. The restaurant doubles as a nightspot with resident DJ starting up at around 10pm. There is a fully set-up bar with a good wine selection and many varieties of beer. Service is efficient and you don't need to make a booking. There is outside seating which is ideal on a nice summer evening.

    Favorite Dish: I come here for the Jack's Back 650gm steak. Big, juicy & just the ticket after a long day in the office. Priced at $36 it is not a meal for the budget conscious but there are plenty of other options including a chicken burger at $16.

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    Ma's and Pa's Seaside Cafe: Small Makara Beach Cafe

    by djramey Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    Ma's and Pa's is a small and cleaverly rusted coffeehouse set just next to Makara Beach. Decored with old fishing paddle boats and a small home-made living room for reading and drinking tea, Ma's and Pa's is one of my more favorite non-modern cafes in the world.

    You can visit through the week and have the whole place to yourself, or go on the weekends to be with the crowd of teens, early adults and elderly that frequent this all ages hotspot.

    To view more Makara Beach photos, click here.

    Favorite Dish: Buy any coffee or tea, but don't forget to purchase and eat one of their home made muffins. They are very good and quite filled with a select number of fruits.

    Ma's and Pa's Seaside Cafe
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    Perretts Corner: Perretts Corner

    by fishandchips Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    Perretts Corner is on the corner of Willis and Manners Streets and is a really nice place to stop for a coffee and something to eat. The coffee is of a very high standard and the food, that I have tried, is really good.

    The service was quick and easy and very friendly. Inside the shop is quite big so plenty of places to sit. It does get very busy as do all central city cafes and eating spots but you should find a place to sit most times of the day.

    Favorite Dish: Last time here I had an espresso (short) and lamb & mint sandwich. Coffee was $3 and the sandwich $5. Both very good value and both very nice!!

    Inside Perrets The perfect short black?
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    Trisha's Pies: Best Pies in Town

    by fishandchips Updated Aug 30, 2007

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    Trisha's Pies is one out of the box in Wellington serving a vast array of the humble pie. They come in a large number of flavours and have two sizes - regular and extra large!! The shop has been in business for quite some time and given the large amount of product on display there is quite a bit of pie volume being sold out of here.

    Favorite Dish: My pie of choice is the extra large steak and mushroom. At $6.95 it is not cheap however it's huge and keeps me on my feet for hours at a time.

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    Eastern Sunrise: Chinese

    by knerten Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    I had noticed this restaurant on my way back to my hostel from Te Papa the other night, and not seeing any whites in there, I concluded that it had to be popular with the local Chinese/Asian, and thus pretty authentic.
    Friendly staff, but cheap-looking, cafeteria-style interior.

    Favorite Dish: Starter:
    Fried Bean Curd Rolls with Duck Meat, NZ$5.50
    Main dish:
    Hot and Spicy Spare Ribs, NZ$ 15
    Dessert (incl.):
    A couple of apple slices and orange wedges

    Hot and Spicy Spare Ribs

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    Plum: Plum

    by fishandchips Updated Aug 30, 2007

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    Plum is a great spot to stop for a coffee on Wellington's busy Cuba St Mall. Having both indoor & outdoor seating you have the choice of sitting in the sun (if it's out) or relaxing inside the cafe.

    Service here is fast & there is a good range of coffees and eats.

    Favorite Dish: The coffee here is very good (as with most Wellington cafes) - probably one of the better Wellington cafes.

    The art of coffee Shop in a mirror
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    Osteria del Toro: Osteria del Toro

    by fishandchips Written May 16, 2009

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    I've tagged this place as Italian but it's got a wider influence than that. The restaurant is a long narrow place though plenty of room for lots of diners. I took my team here for a retirement lunch (Anne you will be missed!) and we were not disappointed. For groups of 9 or more you can order the Feast option which includes starters, 6 mains and nibble type dessert. The service was good though as our group was rather large it would have been very difficult for the chefs to prepare a large number of separate dishes. We were asked to have the feast option as it was easier for the restaurant - all good with the team though as they wer not left feeling hungry.

    Favorite Dish: The lamb dishes were great as was the starter plate. The starters included lamb chunks, hummus and spicy, bite sized falafels. The mains had a selection of 2 pizzas, a lamb dish, meatballs & spaghetti, Paella and veges. Dessert was biscotti & turkish delight. For $39 a head it was a very reasonable price for the massive amount of food we got - a feast indeed!!

    Food selection Inside Osteria del Toro Expectant diners
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    Satay Village: Magnificent Malaysian meals on the cheap

    by mikecj Written Dec 4, 2003

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    Firstly, dont be put off by the looks of the place, also dont be put off by the review in the window from 1997 (its a good review though). The restraunt is TINY (so if you are eating in RING AND BOOK A TABLE, you may be disapointed) and its main trade is takeaway meals with a few tables on the side. There is a waiter service however if you do not like being in a closed space with other people it may pay just to order the takeaway meal and eat it at the hostel/hotel. It is a busy resaurant which adds to its appeal, you can always hear something going on.
    the food quality is fantastic and the service is second to none...and CHEAP! all meals are are around £4 or under (NZ$12 or less)

    Favorite Dish: The best Beef Rendang in Wellington by far (and probably the cheapest) but almost every dish on their menu must be enjoyed.

    Two dishes that can be avoided simple called. 'Beef Curry' & 'Chicken Curry'. They are edible but they are certainly nothing special at all.

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