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A wee hiatus…

I am about to blast off for the northern hemisphere for four months this weekend (lucky me!), so there’ll be a wee hiatus until November.

But thought I’d leave you with a few foodiegems from the last couple of weeks….

Shed 5’s duck pithivier pie and chocolate raspberry truffle (header image)

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Pickle & Pie’s Blintzes, OMG to die for (please universe, I don’t mean that literally)

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Moss Caff’s real kumara fries

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Brunch and Burger’s waffles at Paraparaumu Beach (yep by the 50-50 folks, both definitely worthy)

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Who knew Barrack was a burger boy??

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Bellamy’s by Logan Brown’s melt-in-the-mouth seared tuna

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Artisan’s very beautiful and tasty high tea

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And finally, gorgeous birthday cupcakes from a dear friend…

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Au revoir til November.

Shed 5, still going strong

Shed 5‘s premises have been somewhat taken over by the Crab Shack of late, so it was interesting to have dinner there and see how they’re faring.

The food was still of the quality and presentation we’ve had before, but the overall feel is a little more casual than it once was.

Shed 5 tuna cappacio
The staff are shared between the Crab Shack and Shed 5, which shows in the less polished service.  On the night we visited, wrong drinks arrived, a wrong meal was delivered and while they managed that well and were friendly and willing, it just didn’t quite have the same class.

Shed 5 has also become the corridor between the bar (in the former Green Room end of the building) and the Crab Shack, so there’s a little more noise and distraction in the background.

Having said all that, the dishes we had were all delicious, prettily plated and with interesting ingredients (tuna carpaccio with coriander, nahm jim, coconut gel, lychee and apple salad, crispy shallots; Atlantic scallops with popcorn and ham hock grits, wasabi pea dust; bluenose on cauliflower puree with smoked fish kedgeree and piccalilli….).

Shed 5 scallops

And the prices do reflect the slightly less formal positioning of Shed 5 (sensible in the current climate I think), so still very good pricing for the quality of food served – entrees probably the most expensive feeling at $18-$23 (but including scallops, salmon caviar, a selection of oysters etc, ingredients which don’t come cheap), mains in the $28-$32 range (you might need a side if not doing all courses), and desserts $13-$15 (the Spanish chocolate fudge figs were definitely calling my name if only I’d had time).

With their own filleting room and fishmonger, Shed 5 still rate in the top 3 seafood restaurants for me in Wellington.

Queens Wharf.

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Crab Shack (carved off Shed 5)

Well since everybody seems to be talking about the Crab Shack, I figured I might as well too!

Shed 5 has been reinvented into two halves, the continuing Shed 5 as we all know it (albiet more tables into a smaller space with a few smaller bistro style tables for 2) and the new casual quasi-American Crab Shack in the previous bar area (Shed 5’s bar is now where the Green Room was).

Crab Shack menu

Like other recent Wellington additions, Crab Shack follows the model of no bookings (unless 10pax or more), hang out in the bar and spend some $ on drinks and/or nibbles whilst waiting, mostly tapas and sharing style food which comes in any sequence, lower price points, and pressure on to move along once finished to turn tables over.

Crab Shack burger

The environment is warm and welcoming (a little too much for this kid though when the kitchen staff yelled out ‘Fire in the Kitchen’ after flaming something in a frypan, followed by staff yelling back ‘Its Getting Hot in Here’ – really?), music is lively and fun, staff friendly and slick, and food quality good (and quick!).

On this occasion him indoors had the fish burger (had been reliably informed burgers at CS were large and tasty, and that’s certainly true) and she had the crab cake and dutch babies (essentially yorkshire pud with liquid parmesan cheese sauce inside).  The 1kg pottle of Nelson crab is being held until a return dinner club visit shortly to share with others.

Crab Shack decor

Desserts are very slim pickings (3 only the cynic in me contemplated while thinking about table turnover times) and drinks well priced.  And the side of creamed corn presented in a wee jar worked really well for dipping one’s fries (whether intentional or not!).

One could also tick off the year’s camping expedition given eating off enamel plates, using chequered napkins, and being near flames and heat from the open kitchen right alongside.  And watching the communal ceiling mounted tv unit running the daily specials or old music videos.

Beware though CS is quite noisy, so definitely a place for fun rather than serious conversation.

Outdoor seating in summer.

Queens Wharf.

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