Dillangers Brasserie and Bar, Midland Park, used to be the horrendous Soho Brown and is now the latest hip bar to hit Wellington’s CBD. It’s already going off with a bang. Same owners as Green Man (which is popular but unfortunately not taken my fancy) but this one has. It’s way more classier and a defo 4.5 star qualmark rating, even without a hotel! As Astoria is always busy, it’s a much needed and a good spot for a business breakfast or coffee meeting, lunch, dinner, drinks or nibbles. Their French chairs outside are gorgeous.My first visit, was a pre-Christmas drink and nibbles with my gym buddies and I made sure I reserved a table on the day. The staff were so friendly and accommodating and suggested a good table for a group just along from the bar. The décor is really nice with a mix of bar stools/tables, separate tables and booth seating which you know I adore. There’s one corner area with a feature red velvet booth which is just adorable.
They have a full bar menu and great wine list and craft beers. All are affordable. We ate some delicious croquettes (featured) with smoked cheese and jalapeno along with some crispy spiced chicken with mayo and chips. Other nibbles on the menu were a spinach dip, ceviche, beef sliders, smoked pompoms, olives, nuts and pretzels. I knew I’d be back quickly for lunch.
Doh Christmas was definitely upon us on my second visit. We ordered a glass of red and white and politely sipped while trying to be ever so patient (not), while waiting for a colleague who was so bleedin’ late. She was with the boss of course, so we couldn’t hustle her. The place was hopping like crazy.
After having read a DomPost review, I was sold on trying the beef short rib and the girls were opting for the southern fried spiced chicken, which I’d knew they’d love. We were advised our meals would be delayed by at least 20 minutes. I think they took about 30 minutes but we didn’t mind as they were so worth the wait, and we dived in to inhale the deliciousness quickly.
Boss got food envy as always and kept eyeing up my beef short rib which was so tender, and just melted in my mouth and fell off the bone. I gave her two pieces to appease her and the rest was all mine. It’s jus, smokey mash and slaw was just the perfect combo. She had the pork belly and calamari salad and really enjoyed it but was still hungry afterwards. Darn, we needed to leave for meetings but were keen on trying the beignets, chocolate terrine or Key lime pie for dessert. Next time.
They source local ingredients and have based their offerings on some good ole classic dishes. Their all day menu features a Reuben, burger, halloumi salad, fish with a special beef bavette (5pm onwards), Breakfast has my name all over it; muesli, toast, banana bread French toast, eggs, big Daddy, thyme mushrooms and lots of scrummy sides. Their weekend brunch menu is a mix of some of the breakfast menu and all day menu. The function menu is fantastic as it not only caters for groups with finger food at a cost per head, you can have a choice of 2-3-4 courses per head for family or business events.
These guys have the luck of the Irish. They know Kiwis love loyalty schemes so they have a Dillangers club you can join where you earn points and vouchers which makes it all worthwhile, and of course entices you return. I’ll be frequenting this joint for sure. Go Dillangers, you good thing.