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Special diets

This is not an exhaustive list, but those with a good range.

Vegetarian

  • Zibibbo – lower Taranaki Street. Michelin starred Adam Newell partnered with up-and-comer Glen Taylor, still a little Mediterranean leaning but with classy NZ contemporary food appearing. A full separate vegetarian menu available. Lunch Fridays, dinner Monday to Saturday.
  • Astoria – Midland Park, 159 Lambton Quay. Long-time Wellington favourite roasting their own coffee and doing quality food. A full separate vegetarian menu available. 7 days and early evenings.
  • Southern Cross Bar – Abel Smith Street. A casual bar and restaurant with many nooks and crannies and a great outdoor space. Long-time known for offering a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. 7 days and evenings.
  • Midnight Espresso – up Cuba Street near Vivian. Funky coffee house with a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food available daily. 7 days and evenings.
  • Higher Taste – Hare Krishna restaurant in the basement of the Old Bank Arcade (entry off Victoria Street). Good value and tasty self-service buffet meals. Monday to Saturday daytime and early evenings.
  • Loretta – up Cuba Street between Ghuznee and Vivian. A wide range of quality plant and grain-based dishes, morning, noon and night. Tuesday to Sunday.
  • Ombra – a Venetian tapas bar on the corner of Vivian and Cuba. Lots of small dishes, with many vegetarian. 7 days and nights.
  • Maranui Surf Club – Lyall Bay. Another long-time Wellington institution with a range of vegetarian and vegan, both cabinet and menu. Annual WOAP vegan dinner event over the last few years. 7 days, but beware of queues at weekends.
  • The Botanist – 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay. By the Beach Babylon, Little Beer Quarter, and Basque folks, this lovely old villa has been refurbished into a vegan and vegetarian cafe. All day brunch or dinner, 7 days, bookings available (also beware weekend craziness).
  • Aunty Menas Vegetarian – up Cuba Street between Ghuznee and Vivian. Nothing to look at but tasty, cheap vegetarian meals. Might not be for those who would be offended by dishes labelled ‘mock chicken’ though. Lunch Monday to Saturday, dinner 7 days.
  • Pranah Cafe – Riddiford Street Newtown in the main shops. Wholesome non-processed vegetarian food. 7 days.
  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo. Weekdays.

Vegan

  • Astoria – Midland Park, 159 Lambton Quay. Long-time Wellington favourite roasting their own coffee and doing quality food. A full separate vegan menu available. 7 days and early evenings.
  • Hippopotamus – QT Museum Hotel. For higher-end vegan in a classy environment, Laurent at Hippo has now crafted a full separate vegan menu. 7 evenings.
  • Southern Cross Bar – Abel Smith Street. A casual bar and restaurant with many nooks and crannies and a great outdoor space. Long-time known for offering a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. 7 days and evenings.
  • Higher Taste – Hare Krishna restaurant in the basement of the Old Bank Arcade (entry off Victoria Street). Good value and tasty self-service buffet meals. Monday to Saturday daytime and early evenings.
  • Maranui Surf Club – Lyall Bay. Another long-time Wellington institution with a range of vegetarian and vegan, both cabinet and menu. Annual WOAP vegan dinner event over the last few years. 7 days, but beware of queues at weekends.
  • Midnight Espresso – up Cuba Street near Vivian. Funky coffee house with a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food available daily. 7 days and evenings.
  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo. Daytimes weekdays.
  • Sweet Release – in the Willis Village. Focused on vegan food. Mostly cakes and sweet treats, but with a couple of savoury lunch options every day. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
  • Raw – 115 Jackson Street, Petone. Raw meals and sweets, 100% locally sourced, natural and unprocessed. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Daytimes 7 days.
  • The Botanist – 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay. By the Beach BabylonLittle Beer Quarter, and Basque folks, this lovely old villa has been refurbished into a vegan and vegetarian cafe. All day brunch or dinner, 7 days, bookings available (also beware weekend craziness, and noisiness when full).
  • Boquita – 23 Kent Terrace. The baby sister of La Boca Loca at Miramar, only vegan tacos and accompaniments are available here. Well made and fresh. Tuesday to Saturday lunch and early dinner (very few seats, mostly takeaway).
  • V1 Vegan store – 207 Cuba Street. For all your vegan ingredient needs. And some takeaway lunches, pies, slices etc. Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.
  • Vic Uni Krishna lunches (semester time only) – at both Vic Uni and Pipitea (Law School Common Room, cnr Sout and Whitmore Streets), $5 nourishing vegan lunches. 11.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Gluten-free/Coeliac

  • Southern Cross Bar – Abel Smith Street. A casual bar and restaurant with many nooks and crannies and a great outdoor space. Long-time known for offering a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. 7 days and evenings.
  • Midnight Espresso – up Cuba Street near Vivian. Funky coffee house with a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food available daily. 7 days and evenings.
  • Fratelli – 15 Blair Street. The Fratelli Brothers cater to coeliacs. The kitchen is large enough that they prepare separately and are very happy to talk coeliac guests through the menu and discuss options. Dinner Monday to Saturday.
  • Olive Cafe – 170 Cuba Street. Also part-owned by the Fratelli lads, and although a small kitchen without coeliac full guarantees of cross-contamination, take care to prepare separately. Sunday/Monday daytimes, Tuesday to Saturday day and night.
  • Charley Noble – Post Office Square. Another who prepare separately and have the Coeliac Organisation’s accreditation. Monday to Friday breakfast/lunch/dinner, weekend dinners.
  • Astoria – Midland Park, 159 Lambton Quay. Long-time Wellington favourite roasting their own coffee and doing quality food. Not gluten-free but a full separate low-gluten menu available. 7 days and early evenings.
  • The Mt Vic and Thorndon Chipperies – separate gluten free fryers, with quality fish’n’chips and associated seafood delights (a little more expensive than your standard chippy). Delivery available if you live city-side. Lunch and dinner 7 days.
  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo. Daytimes weekdays.
  • Raw – 115 Jackson Street, Petone. Raw meals and sweets, 100% locally sourced, natural and unprocessed. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Daytimes 7 days.

Other

  • Astoria – Midland Park, 159 Lambton Quay. Long-time Wellington favourite roasting their own coffee and doing quality food. A full separate NON-DAIRY menu available. 7 days and early evenings.
  • Ti Kouka – upstairs in Willis Street opposite Mercer. A FODMAPS menu courtesy of one partner’s wife being a dietitian. Again quality food and coffee from an ex-fine dining chef and his coffee-expert brother and sister-in-law. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and PALEO. Daytimes weekdays.
  • Raw – 115 Jackson Street, Petone. Raw meals and sweets, 100% locally sourced, natural and unprocessed. Vegan, gluten-free, DAIRY FREE and refined sugar free. Daytimes 7 days.
  • Monsoon Poon – Allen Street. Great atmosphere and food, with a full ALLERGY MENU of options for vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, seafood-free, and combinations of those. From 11am Monday to Friday, from 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Restaurants that I expect to accommodate well with prior notice for evening dining:

  • Logan Brown – cnr Cuba and Vivian.  A slightly more relaxed setting in an old bank building where the focus is on palate over garnish. Two Chefs Hats (one of only two outside Auckland). Paua ravioli signature dish. Check out the fish tank in the bar. Wednesday to Saturday lunches and Tuesday to Sunday dinners.
  • Jano Bistro on upper Willis (the old Citron) – the marriage of bistro, gastronomy and alchemy by the French Pierra-Alain Fenoux, 2015 Cuisine NZ runner up best new restaurant. Very smart food with excellent service and ambience. Dinner Tuesday to Sunday, brunch weekends.
  • Hillside on the corner of Hill Street and Tinakori road. Three or four course dinners of very smart food with wine, beer or non-alcoholic matching. Tuesday to Saturday evenings.
  • Artisan – in the Bolton Hotel up the sweeping staircase, dignified feeling. 2015 NZ Hospo awarded best dish over $25. Lunches and dinners 7 days.
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