Wellingtonians are so blessed to have Charley Noble; a New York-style eatery bar located in the heart of the city, and housed in the beautiful, historic Huddart Parker building. Aptly named it’s linked to the shipping industry.
Its got such an international vibe and you really don’t feel like you’re in Wellington at all, once inside. It has beautiful high ceilings and lovely windows that let in a lot of light.
I do hear people moan about the long wait for a table, however I definitely think this has improved in time. I say good things come to those who wait. If you don’t persevere you will miss out, as this place is sensational, and a great place to take clients or out of towners. I’ve always experienced fantastic service and food.
You can eat here affordably too, so if your budget is tight try a famous cocktail and bar snack, or a pasta and a glass of wine at a table or booth setting. Believe me you will get hooked and return. They cater for everyone’s tastebuds here and have a separate GF menu, fixed dinner menu and they also sell cakes for special occasions.
Being fortunate to have eaten my way through most of the menu, where do I begin with recommendations? Their signature pork dish from the chargrilled rotisserie is a must, and it often runs out fast. Equally delicious is the lamb shoulder and spatchcock. Their spaghetti, gnocchi, ravioli and polenta dishes are fantastic and that’s saying something, given I’m Italian. The steak and fish are divine as are their side dishes. I also loved the pig’s tail with walnuts, pomegranate, currants and the arancini. I can see why they recently won the Outstanding Restaurant 201, in the Capital Awards.
As for dessert, the tiramisu is rich, luscious and such a big portion it’s good to share (if you like sharing?!). Their cheese selection is amazing and served on a stunning board with other yummy accompaniments.
Their sister restaurant is the newly opened ‘Whitebait’ on Clyde Quay so that’s on my list to try, although try to stop me coming back for more. See you soon Charley N.