Dinner: Siem Reap
I remember coming to Siem Reap for cheap and tasty Cambodian lunches back when it was a small, wee place in Wellington. It has since moved into a much bigger premises with a full bar and much fancier decor — and just as well, as it seems packed almost every night. The great thing about family dinners is you get to try a bit of everything. My favourites were the awesomely named slap moan ang...
I’m not liking how Google Ads tends to place ads that say things like “Tips for a flat belly!” on food sites. Let me enjoy my food porn in peace and fattiness!
Starfish Fish and Chips
I love it when an eatery can change hands multiple times but still maintain the quality and consistency that it was originally known for. People talk about Starfish’s fish and chips being expensive, but oh man are they good. Starfish was recently a finalist in the the Wellington region for best fish and chips. And here is our afternoon snack — one fish with half a scoop of chips...
Kapiti Ice Cream's Spicy Apple Crumble
I was afraid I’d leave Wellington without trying my beloved Spicy Apple Crumble ice cream. Thankfully, a dairy on Oriental Parade serves this. It was good, but not like I remember it. I think I now prefer Kapiti’s Gingernut ice cream.
Brunch: Parade Cafe
Mochaccino. Eggs benny with spinach and a potato cake. I like how they poach their eggs here. My corn fritters with bacon and sweet chili sauce. The addition of curry powder to the fritters was a nice way to mask the occasionally eggy smell. Me likey. There are rumours that this place is going to close. I really hope they are only rumours.
These beauties are not to be confused with Trisha’s Pies, which are apparently a rip-off of the original Patrisha’s Pies (in Island Bay). To the left we have a delicious chicken pie, and to the right we have a steak and cheese pie. Talk about chunky meat bits! The pies weren’t too salty and the pastry not too greasy.
Dinner: Island Bay Butchers' Sausages
Out the back we have the chicken ones. In front of them are my favourite venison and garlic snarlers. The front ones are beeeef. Mmm…
Gotham Flat White
Sweet cafe. Staff treat you like they’ve known you forever. I had to stare hard at my server as I actually thought I knew him.
Dessert @ Library
My camera really doesn’t do too well in low light. Did my best with these dessert shots at The Library.. I do really love that place. Above: Divine Earl Grey creme brulee.. super crackly topping. Honey-poached pears with delicious caramel ice cream and ginger pudding. Hot chocolate. Beautiful and thick, AND not too sweet.
Dinner: Kazu Izakaya
Wellington has a small Japanese population, so it’s no surprise the number of Japanese eateries hasn’t really increased. Kazu however, seems to have expanded to include a Courtenay Place location. I was surveying the space and realised it used to be the Steamboat restaurant. I have vague memories of shoving food into my mouth in-between rounds of karaoke in front of everyone, at the...
I was nursing glass number two of my Tuesday 2-for-1 bubbles champagne at Lagerfield, when we got asked to try these delicious snackies. Thick slices of seared beef with a horseradish dressing on a watermelon slice. Yay for freebies!
This chain have popped up in various spots around Welly. Pretty good gelato, even if the guy serving us did sneeze right in front of us. Here we have pecan, chocolate and a chocolate mint flavas. My favourite was of course the choc.
Cherry tomato, ricotta and thyme tart. I love how Floriditas uses typeface on their menus.
Dinner: Har Mein
Unfortunately the prawns are a bit hidden, but they were there! Yum yums..
Caffe L'affare Flat White
Beautiful chocolatey colour on the inside.
Lunch: Roti Chenai Cafe
Wellington has an insane number of Malaysian restaurants. Unfortunately, it’s become a case of quantity over quality, in my opinion. The standard has definitely slipped since I was last back. I had Roti Chenai’s roti canai with a dhal curry. Pretty uninspiring, I have to say. The dhal was clearly microwaved to order. The roti canai themselves were a nice colour and texture, but...
Chinese New Year Dins
Just a small selection on my plate.. The chicken is Cantonese-style, as opposed to Hainanese style. It’s steamed whole with salt and a big lump of ginger inside, which results in a tastier chicken, but also a slightly tougher one. The ginger sauce is made with ginger blended with spring onions and salt, with hot oil thrown in before serving. Wine is a Cleanskins Pinot Gris from NZ. ...
Floating Fish Market
Brunch: Olive Cafe
I love Olive. They didn’t let me down on this lovely sunny Sunday mid-morning either. Behold. Eggs benny poached egg close-up below. Big breakkie. Vege works. … and finally below, an Olive mochaccino. They used to serve these in tall glasses. Thankfully they’ve kept the marshmallows on the side and the gooey chocolatey goodness at the bottom.
Mrs Mac's Steak & Cheese Pie at 1.30am