Well hello to all my loyal followers (yes all 15 of you!). Last night was a dinner catchup with some ex-CCDHB colleagues. A drink and nibble at Foxglove (will have to give you the low down on them another time, they’re a whole post’s worth) and then off to Trade Kitchen for dinner.
Trade Kitchen is another of those places that slides underneath the radar a little in terms of profile, but actually turns out some very pleasant food at reasonable prices (in today’s market where a lot of restaurants are creeping up into the $30-$35 per main range).
The decor is subtle and reasonably sparce (I liked the big red fabric swathes around the xmas tree though), but still welcoming. The food and drinks provided a good selection of the usual suspects, lighter and denser meals, and some rather pleasant wines – an unoaked chardonnay for me (not always so easy to get), and a rather tasty riesling for R (well what’s mine is mine and his is mine and mine is his – at least when it benefits me!…).
I chose the risotto of the day of chicken, mushrooms, asparagus, feta and strips of parmesan to complete. The rest of the group chose a variety including free range chicken breast stuffed with pesto, spinach and mozzarella on warmed couscous, pinenuts, roasted vegetable salad and chermoula aioli (my second choice, mmmm), fish of the day, a scallop special and parmesan crumbed pork cutlet on porcini risotto and sauteed cabbage w almond and apple sauce (my third choice, mmmm mmmm). They all looked good and were met with favourable reports.
We controlled ourselves in terms of dessert given we’d had wine and nibbles earlier, but the choices (and those that came to nearby tables) looked worthy. Interactive and humorous service throughout completed the evening.
The only difficulty with the place was ventilation. We were around the back (overlooking Customhouse Quay) with no opening windows or obvious ventilation on one of Wellington’s (finally!) warmer evenings, and were all glistening fairly well by the time we’d finished.
The brekkie menu looks good (especially the banana and coconut bread with citrus butter and honey – yep me the carbo girl), so might have to find an excuse to slide back along this way soon at the other end of the day…
Definitely worth a visit for something of good value and standard at this ‘corporate’ end of town.