For worthy eating and drinking experiences around Wellington, NZ (and the greater region) – you can also catch Heather out and about hosting Zest Food Tours around the city…

Mt Cook cafe

I’ve been meaning to pop in here for a while and see how Mt Cook cafe is faring these days.  They’ve been around a long time with various owners and various fortunes.

However, the environment has always been satisfying (a nice old light and airy villa with a courtyard for fine days), and the cabinet food has always called to me when I’ve been galloping past.

Mt Cook mushrooms

The service is efficient, and the food exceeded expectations.  Wairarapa mushrooms on toast with balsamic turned out to be lovely large chunky mushrooms on fresh crispy ciabatta, simply done but tasty and satisfying.  And I enjoyed the greenery scattered through for texture and visual effect too.  And the french toast was given the thumbs up as well, including presentation of the syrup on the plate and quality of bacon.

I noticed a number of others around us having the New Yorker hash cake from the cabinet (bacon cheese and potato hash), so maybe that’s a local secret.  I shall have to do more digging….

MT Cook cabinet

The coffee was Havana (made quite well, if a little full for a long black), and the cabinet food had me thinking I’d definitely come here for lunch if in the neighbourhood (nice to see paninis and wraps well filled and pleasingly laid out).

So although a bit of a stroll out of the way to get here, Mt Cook is a relaxing location with pleasant food to wile away a bit of the weekend catching up on the newspaper or with friends (and easy enough parking if driving).

76 Wallace Street (just over the hill behind Massey University).

Mt Cook map


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