Ti Kouka treats, Willis Street
I know I keep saying Ti Kouka like a mantra and have them on my hidden gems page, but if you haven’t been there yet, you really really should.
At the moment they’re Monday to Saturday daytimes, Thursday and Friday evening tapas and hire-able for functions at other times. Saturdays are a slightly later start at 9.30am, with a queue waiting at the door at 9.30 yesterday. Hmmm, the secret is out.
Shep and Jesse, who bring us this delight, are brothers with Shep (formerly of Logan Brown) orchestrating the kitchen and Jessie (formerly of Fuel coffee) orchestrating the front of house . The food is interesting and delightful and divine, and even a little playful at times. And the coffee good and true.
Yesterday’s morning fix was toasted banana bread with banana and passionfruit curd for me (I nearly prayed) and boiled eggs with vegemite soliders for R. Fantastic. I just had to put a picture of these beauts below as they came complete with their own georgous knitted hats and a jenga-style stack of soldiers.
The tapas are superb, chips almost famous now, and Sheps muffins (Monday to Friday only alas) almost to die for. Truly.
Ti Kouka is named for the NZ cabbage tree and in acknowledgement of the lifetime of work Jesse and Shep’s father has done in the preservation of the tree. Those eagle eyed among you will notice pictures and references in the cafe.
If you haven’t been, you really are missing one of Wellington’s delights. Found upstairs at 76 Willis Street (opposite Mercer Street) in the former Katipo space…