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WOAP 2015 highlights…

So far anyway.

  • The Concrete Bar Levin the Dream cocktail of bacon infused vodka, banana liquer, and maple syrup with a fabulous quail egg, bacon, chorizo and potato rosti.

Concrete cocktail

  • The Burger Liquor Tipsy Lamb burger – small but perfectly formed, with good quality lamb and tangy flavours. No sides, but only $14.Burger Liq tipsy lamb
  • The Ramen Shop Pig out on Ramen burger – gently flavoured and fabulously crispy. Again no sides, but only $10.Ram shop burger
  • The Lido caramelised carrot and walnut pudding with thick Zany Zeus yoghurt on their DINE menu – flavourful and sweetly moorish (their burger wasn’t bad either actually, see below).

Lido carrot cake

  • Beervana, for an excellent way to try many things, and with fantastic nibbly food (thanks Martin!), and Garage Project’s White Mischief beer brewed for Burger Wellington (with a lightly peach-infused flavour and much mischief on the can) – pictured below with the Lido’s smoked warehou sambal burger. Lido white mischief
  • The Little Piggy goes to Night Market event at Cafe Polo. A great evening of fun, even if our favourite dish didn’t win the pig and pickle competition (the winning slow roast pork hock with BBQ kimchi, coriander and crackling on char grilled flat bread below), and we didn’t win the masterclass for 6pax draw.

Polo white kimchi flatbread

  • The Foxglove DINE menu dessert choux burger with pears, hazelnuts and ginger nut ice cream (yep my sweet tooth is showing)Foxglove choux dessert burger
  • The Portlander Hunter Games venison burger and their DINE menu Apple Sourz and RJ’s liquorice cheesecake.Portlander WOAP burgerPortlander WOAP licorice

Cafe Polo, Miramar

Finally, an opportunity to take my out-of-town friend to Polo.  Named for the nearby Miramar Polo grounds (back in the 1800’s – didn’t spot too many horses galloping past the other night!), and focused on local suppliers and slow food principles.

Polo puffs

Over several years I’ve had a delicious weekend brunch there, food from Polo at the City Market, and a vegetarian degustation at a prior Wellington on a Plate event.  All exceptionally good.

On this night it was deliciously warm inside (Wellington storm weekend), and the staff were bang on the money as usual.

To start – a sharing of Zany Zeus feta cheese puffs with organic honey and thyme (they had a smokey taste with a soft filling so I wonder if the feta had been whipped with a little of Zany Zeus’s award winning smoked yoghurt?).

Polo tortelini

Followed by the roast pork loin and slow braised pork cheek, mustard mash, greens and apple puree for her (considered extremely satisfying in the tummy), and the smoked goats cheese tortellini with roasted baby vegetables for the other her (slightly less smokey than the starter but delicious and oh so pretty).

Finished with a divine caramel pudding cake with apple, walnut toffee and dates (for the glutton) and handmade Polo chocolate truffle and hot chocolate (for the more restrained).

Polo dessert

There are so many delicious things on all of their menus, I shall have to make a more concerted effort to visit Polo more regularly (perhaps winter weather is the perfect excuse for a drive?).

This is a popular place, so it is wise to book.

And note they don’t do Sundays, unless you join their email list and partake of some Sunday specialty occasions.

Corner Rotheram Terrace and Para Street, Miramar.










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