Being a fan of Boulcott Bistro’s, I had to try their sister cafe recently opened on Willis Street. Now painted a bright blue it was the former Crazyhorse Steakhouse.
I took a darling ‘Jaffa’ friend of mine for lunch as she loves trying new Welly places. We got there just before noon so we were the first to arrive and shuffled into a booth. Slowly the other booths started to fill up. Single males or females listen up, note bene, that we were the only women in this joint for the entire lunch break! Just saying.
Inside it’s very retro and reminiscent of an old New York diner with its graffiti decorated brick walls and bright colours. The menu is predominantly burgers, sides and liquor with salads and a few desserts.
We’re both not huge burger fans because of the wheat, but decided to share the pork belly burger; served with spring onions, pickled cucumber and hoisin sauce, It was very tasty albeit small and we also had some deliciously spicy buffalo chicken wings with celery and blue cheese dressing (very NYC). The bun is made of brioche which was a pleasant surprise and was very light,tasty and easily digestible. I’d definitely recommend adding a snack or side e.g. crinkle cut fries, onion rings or beer battered pickles. Other burger options are standard ground chuck and short rib beef, market fish, free range jerk chicken, venison or vegetarian options including a quinoa burger (true story) so I would deem these to be gourmet.
We declined on liquor however you can drink a local brew, cider, glass or bottle of red or white vino and prices are very good. We decided to get a wee alcohol fix from a shared plate of beignets (ben-yays) with salted bourbon caramel sauce. That doesn’t really count does it?! These babies were not a patch on the ones hubby and I had at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, (see my former post) nor even in Sweet Mother’s league, but we did enjoy the sauce.
We finished with a coffee and they just do filtered coffee and this was an epic fail. I do drink filtered coffee in the States or at Five Boroughs which is the best in Wellington I must add, with Prefab’s a close second.
Just before we left we glanced at the menu again and spotted hard shakes. As in alcohol-infused milkshakes. What? I could have been swayed there and then but it was too late. All are made with Kapiti vanilla icecream with a fab lineup of Rum and Raisin, Jafa (ha ha for my Jaffa friend- cointreau and chocolate) or Malt and Salt- maltesers and salted caramel. I gotta go back and get me one of those mothers and I’d also like to try a different burger and side.
The service was really warm and friendly and note again single ladies and single men, we were served only by male staff! No other females in sight.