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…
Just good fun
Sweet Mothers Kitchen – 5 Courtenay Place. Famed for South American food, quirky and interesting staff, delicious home-made sweet pies, and weekend brunches. No bookings, but a space nearly always found. A Wellington institution.
Karaka – next to the Wharewaka on the waterfront. For hangi and other dishes using native herbs (and learning some maori words). Service can be a little variable, but on a nice day its a setting hard to beat.
Monsoon Poon – 12 Blair Street. Love you long time. A tasty mix of asian curries, noodles, stir fries or salads with appropriately humorous or geographic names and some good euro/asian blended desserts. Firecracker chicken if you dare.
Leroys Bar – Plimmer Steps. OTT dive bar decoration with tasty burgers, tacos and some of the best fried chicken in the city courtesy of a $16,000 pressure cooker in the kitchen. Be prepared for noise and fun, and a groovy outdoor area.
Green Parrot – corner Taranaki and Wakefield. If only the walls could talk. Longest running Wellington restaurant serving white bread and butter to start you off and meals the size of large dinner plates. Down home grill, famed for their wiener schnitzel.
Pizzeria Napoli – Courtenay Place between Allen and Blair. A tiny pasta and pizza bar with giant street scene murals that will transport you away from Courtenay and the buses outside.
Fidels Cafe – 234 Cuba Street. Character by the bucketful, one of Cuba Street’s longtime iconic cafes in an old villa with small spaces left, right and centre. Originally famed for giant muffins and good coffee, now just famed.
Mexico – Dixon Street opposite Aro Park. Good value, fun Mex dishes (small and large), and tequila. You won’t break the bank here, but will leave satisfied. No bookings, communal tables and a buzzy atmosphere.
Burger Liquor – 129 Willis Street. Substantial burgers with quality ingredients in a funky graffiti-industrial environment. Lots of rums and bourbons and a few ‘hard’ shakes. Super fun.
Heavens Pizza – 247 Cuba Street. Delicious thin crust pizzas (including dessert ones) from a large arty central wood fired oven, in a refit courtesy of recycled Tattoo Museum materials.
Mr Go’s – Taranaki Street near Courtenay. Hawker-style street food in a simple but friendly environment. Light and fresh food, with bao bun features and low prices. Whats not to love.
Counter Culture – 211 Victoria Street. Board game cafe with tasty craft beers and meals. $5 game-charge to replenish the board games. Book a table with a group, and learn a new game or enjoy a blast from the past.
The Backbencher – Molesworth Street opposite Parliament. Purely for the political puppetry, and menu humorously named for politicians.