Soi Cafe and Bar, Wellington

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Greta Point Wharf 305 Evans Bay Pde Hataitai 04-386-3830

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  • And here is the entrance. Once you find it.
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    Soi: Lovely view - bit pricey

    by craic Updated May 24, 2008

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    If you walk far enough you will see this neon sign
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    This restaurant is located so superbly - right on the water at Greta Point with a view of planes taking off and landing at Rongotai Airport - that I could have forgiven quite a lot.
    As it was there was really nothing to forgive.
    I even liked the adventure of not being sure where it was. Bit of a cunning lark that. It was obviously a boat house and blocks of town houses have been built in front of it. There is a sign on the gate to that complex - Private. Residents Only.
    If one walks on a little one sees a big neon sign SOI. And a dark and rickety wooden staircase down to a stretch of pebble beach and then stairs up to a pier.
    But do not get to it that way unless you are up for an adventure.
    Just push open the gate that says - Private. Residents Only. And a very short walk round the corner.
    Honestly you think they would put out a sign on the pavement with a big arrow.
    Anyway, the ambience is super chic, the view to die for, the staff attentive yet discreet, and the food fresh and appetising.
    Quibbles.
    The music was too loud for good conversation. This is one of those barely decorated places with wooden floors that echo. Just too loud. And the lights just a little too low for old people who need to see well to be able to hear.
    The food was just a morsel plain and the servings stingy. Just a morsel. In my opinion.
    You could get away with not ordering extras like side salad etc - there was just enough veg on the plate for you to feel you had had your greens - but one is paying for the decor I know.

    They seem to stay open all the hours the good Lord sends and offer lunch etc and actually I think I would prefer lunch, especially if the weather was good enough to sit outside.

    Favorite Dish: My pan fried fish with salsa verde and potato cakes cost $23 and was worth it. But it was just a little on the dull side.
    My dessert of Lemon Affrogato cost $10-50 and was a very small scoop of very plain icecream in a wine glass with a shot of cold strong coffee in a little cup and a shot glass of inferior limoncello. Not the taste treat I had hoped for. But the shot of coffee sure got me up and going - for hours!

    We went again and I liked this place less. The servings are just too stingy and the menu hasn't enough variety. MY BIL arrived very late because he couldn't find it.

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