Asian, Mexican, Kiwi, Vegan!

My fellow Welly instagrammers had posted a few pics of some of the delicious food being served at Willi’s Kitchen. But where the heck is this place you ask? It’s on Manners Street, just a few shops along from Bodyshop, before Pigeon park. Neatly tucked away – blink and you’d miss it. Continue reading

Love at First Sight

Anything French, I’m sold. My darling friend Hemma who abandoned me in Welly and moved to Auckland, suggested Catroux as a place for our catchup. How she knows me so well. This was so love at first sight. Continue reading

Brunch at Sofitel’s Le Jardin Grill

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Ooh la la, what a great deal. $49 pperson for Beaujolais Nouveau brunch, all you can eat, excluding drink. Plus quality food and service to boot, in plush surroundings. Get yourselves to the newly re-opened Jardin Grill, Sofitel Wellington on a weekend, in Bolton Street. It’s amazing. Continue reading

David Jones cafe

We all loved Kirks, but I also really love its replacement; David Jones. More-so because we beat the Aucklanders to something for a change!. It’s a huge magnet for the city as well. There’s just something international and classy about it, and it exudes great energy. David Jones stores in Aussie are complimented with lovely cafes to match. Ours isn’t quite there yet, but has oodles of potential.

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Two grey Brasserie and Bar

What a fabulous makeover is the new Two Grey brasserie and bar,  (a clever jeu de mots with the location; 2 Grey St) which catches a few people out. If you say the old Arizona, people will get it. This place just buzzes all day long as the Wellingtonian foodies flock to frequent it. The black New York tiles are stunning as are the hanging pendant lights and stunning grey, duck-egg blue, white and yellow interior . It’s very European; elegant and classy. I  love the mix of booth seating along with separate small tables with chairs as well as larger tables with stools for groups or those who prefer to sit up higher. Continue reading

Superbe! 

My dear Auckland friend Juliet, recommended Paris Butter as a great place to visit with my Welly girlfriends. I was so excited to read a great review in the Saturday Auckland Herald. So I knew we were hipsters and on to it!

Located in Herne Bay, this was the former Vinnie’s ; an Auckland institution that I unfortunately never got to visit. Au revoir Vinnie’s, Bonjour Paris Kitchen. I text hubby’s boss who’s a Herne Bay local to say Hi and he was overseas and thought I was in Paris. Well I kinda was, but Auckland Paris.

The decor is DDG ( drop-dead gorgeous) with the most beautiful Laurent Perrier champagne bucket sitting on the counter with stunning glasses, to the mirrors, flowers, stunning lamps and chandeliers, mirrors, greenery, cushions, and duck-egg booth seating There are various different areas to sit in which I love as it breaks up the restaurant. I love the area near the cellar down the back but was glad we sat in the main dining room. It was sunny but a little fresh so we chose to eat indoors, yet some punters braved it outside, with a nana blanket provided if need-be.

As it was Mother’s Day, they treated us to a glass of bubbles which was a lovely start to our experience. We loved the sound of the lovely juices on offer but instead opted for coffees. Yah they could satisfy my dairy-free request of an almond milk mocha. The other gals had a lovely flat white and long black. The coffees are small though, unlike Wellington and they asked us did we want single or double strength? Um all Wellingtonians are accustomed to double shots without question!

As for the brunch menu, I was so tempted to do the steak and pommies-frites but thought 9am was a little early so I settled on some boudin-noir ( black pudding) with fried eggs and onion salad. The onion salad didn’t spin my wheels so I asked to substitute it for some frisée green salad. Our lovely waitress explained it was actually an onion jam but was more than happy to add some greens. Each mouthful was so delicious as was the presentation. The other two ladies were happy with their salmon and scrambled eggs and the French Farmer’s assiette was chokka with tomato, boiled egg, salad, pork mousse and terrine. Other items that featured were the basic baguette with pastries and jam/Nutella or a granola chia pudding, or a more the more substantial goat’s cheese tartine, truffled fromage omelette, Croque Monsieur or duck cassoulet. Of course they place a wee basket of crunchy, fresh baguette on your table that is irrestible and needed to mop your sauce up on your plate.

Service was excellent until we put through a second order of coffees.  The wait started to impinge on our shopping time. They finally arrived just before we were about to ask if the order had got misplaced. Phew.

Apart from the brunch menu, they do offer lunch and dinner menus and they take reservations. Loved it here and would return in a heart beat. Merci Paris Buerre! A bientot avec mon Mari!

Under the vine leaves

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I’m making good use of my entertainment card and recently returned for a Sunday brunch to Hopgarden in Mt Victoria. Nestled on the city fringe, this light, airy, garden-patio bar adorned with grapevines is a hidden gem. It’s elegant and relaxing. Continue reading

Fancy some coffee after Polo?

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I have been to Café Polo a few times over the years and they truly provide wonderful food and service in the Miramar burbs. I’ve seen them feature in our Cuisine magazine over the years but didn’t realise they’ve had Australian acclaim. They support local suppliers and provide fresh, organic, free range products. Continue reading

Fidels on Cuba!

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Goodness how uncanny that Fidel Castro just recently died and I’ve just revisited his namesake peaceful place in Welly. This actually wasn’t our first choice for the gals regular catchup but the menu across the road just didn’t do it for us, so Fidels it was. It’s a Wellington institution and you just never tire of it as it just rocks all day long morning, lunch and dinner. Well we didn’t experience any aftershocks, and I mean rocks as in knocks it out the ball park everytime. Continue reading

Shout it from the rooftops!

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Talk about unique. The Arborist Rooftop bar is 7 stories high in adjacent to the Restaurant at the Trinity Hotel.  The elevator ride and wee stair climb is so worth it. It is the most stunning view of Welly and my fave. And you can’t beat Wellington on a good day right?

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