How spoilt are we Wellingtonians to have so many amazing authentic French cafes on our doorstep. I have now discovered upon recommendation from some friends, that the taste of France gets even better 5km north of Greytown at Cafe Mirabelle. Blink and you will miss it. It looks a little shabby on the outside, and you probably wouldn’t give it a second thought, however trust me. As soon as you open the door, you are in France. It’s kitsch, it’s quaint, and it’s the real McCoy bistro.
I’d read and heard so much about this food truck which also parks itself on Tinakori Road, on Friday nights. Our lovely Sunday morning walk was complemented by a lunch stop at the Harbourside Markets. Geez it was busy. Nudging myself gently through the crowd, I headed (well aimed fast!) towards La Rotisserie du Canard (Canard with a silent‘d’).
I’m on the outskirts in Newtown, where they have struck gold with a recently opened Italian Osteria, Cicio Cacio (aka Chubby Cheese).
Being Italian, I’m always a little sceptical of Italian food outside of my Nonna’s house, Island Bay (‘Little Italy’ suburb of Wellington) or Italy, however this quickly dissipated as my nose went into spasms upon arrival. Nonna I’ve come home!
Located on Welly’s waterfront at the southern end of Shed 5 on Queen’s wharf, is where you’ll find yet another of Simon Gault’s seafood gems. Its nautical theme immediately sets the scene for a casual fun dining experience and that’s exactly what we had.
With a group of 10, celebrating a wedding, our table was reserved. What a bonus, no waiting and our fab day was capped off nicely with such amazing food and service.