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The Flamingo has landed

The Wellington Hospitality Group strikes again with its new venture Flamingo Joe’s in the bottom of the new waterfront PWC building.

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These guys are pretty practiced at rolling in and starting as they mean to go on, so I can’t see any reason why this wont be a success for them either – bright colours, neon lights, buzzy ambience, a giant flamingo, views across the harbour and pleasant ‘metro pub food’.

Friday night was the soft open (in time for the footie at the Stadium methinks) and the place was rocking, the staff welcoming, and the harbour lights twinkling. And pleasingly, the staff knew what they were doing. No stuttering newbies, or first night botch-ups that I could see (I’m a little over places opening before they’re fully ready).

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There was a cut-down menu for the soft opening with a choice of opening bites, duck tacos and multiple flatbreads, with interesting flavours like prosciutto, feta, fig roquette and balsamic glaze, or bacon, prawn, garlic and cheese. Nice to have something a little different to the standard imitation pizza toppings.

We opted for the roasted duck tacos and buffalo chicken flatbread with spring onions, yoghurt and mizuna (Japanese mustard leafy green salad plant). The tacos were a little drippy to eat, but had nice rich flavours, and the flatbread was satisfyingly soft on the base with well balanced toppings.

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In today’s era of over-choice, the drinks menu was happily all on one page. Local craft beers sat alongside international favourites, low-carb and zero alcohol options, and pretty much all wines were available in 150 ml, 250 ml or bottle size.

I’ll definitely be back to check out the full menu in due course.

1-10 Waterloo Quay.

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