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Sunday brunch at Shepherd

Since Wellington Anniversary weekend was quiet around town, we decided it the perfect time to check out Shepherds new Sunday brunches.

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I’ve always like the food at Shepherd – playful, surprising, light, fresh and high quality. And the brunches don’t disappoint either.

The corn custard called to me while the boys were eyeing up a variety of smoked pork hash, cured ham and eggs on Leeds Street (Bakery) pastries, duck fat potatoes, and all manner of other dishes.

And then Chelsea came along and told them about their 2018 Wellington on a Plate ‘goldburgers’ being available as a special and that was it, game over.

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They’re gold courtesy of tumeric in the rice bun (again made at the Leeds Street Bakery in the laneway), with the beef enhanced by a little smokey pork, and accompanied by golden cheese, house chutneys and seasoned fries.

The corn custard meanwhile had a corn and red onion salsa on top, popcorn on one side and a delicious thick feta accompaniment on the other. When taken together, a fabulous mix of flavours and textures (the custard being the base layer beneath).

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The coffee here is bottomless filtered, the tea came in an eye-catching teapot and retro cup, and the service was relaxed (as befits a Sunday!) but professional.

Definitely in my top 10 Sunday brunch places around town.

Leeds Street Laneway.

From 1030am Sundays.

 

 

Shepherd & Al’s Best Ugly Bagels

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Shepherd has opened in Leeds Street next to Pomodoro Pizza, brought to us by Shepherd Elliott (Ti KoukaLeeds Street Bakery) and Sean Golding (Golding’s free dive bar).

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Sean and Shep wanted to maintain the laneway vibe and create a place that provided all styles – a wine, a bite, a meal, an interesting beer, a shared catchup with friends, or just dessert and coffee. A place to come together.

The space is actually the original canteen of the Hannahs Shoe Factory (and a large party-central student flat between times!), so the perfect setting. And has are a number of different areas and seating styles, including some at the kitchen counter so you can see exactly how its all done (no secrets here).

The food is light, tasty and extremely well executed, with the cheapest item at $4 (oyster), and the most expensive $28 (you will need a couple of courses though).They are also being playful by combining ingredients and mixing courses in ways you might not expect (a custard entree? pikelets with house made cheese, salted tamarillo and roasted hazelnuts? pulled pork with apple, fennel and red curry mustard?).

The drinks reflect recent travel, with some interesting big (alcohol, size and price) Californian craft beers on the list. Alongside a whole bunch of ‘sour and interesting’ and some Garage Project, Yeastie Boys (the Rex Attitude Peat-Smoked Strong Golden Ale was really memorable), 8 Wired, Panhead and ParrotDog, etc.

From 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday, with some bookings taken (via phone for the moment, but watch out for a website and online booking system soon).

Al’s Best Ugly Bagels

Best Ugly is fast food at its best – Montreal bagels (lighter then their New York cousins), hand rolled, poached, wood-fired, and delivered to you with a range of traditional and kiwi toppings in open sandwich style. So no jaw-cracking chewing here (yay!). The likes of peanut butter and jam, rueben (below), Stewart Island salmon, marmite,  Zany Zeus cream cheese etc.

It’s a pretty slick process a’la’Starbucks where you order, then move along to the delivery counter and listen for your name, then see if you can wangle a stool at the wall or window. Be prepared to take-away as there isn’t much seating, but what there is, does turn over reasonably quickly.

Check out the daily bagel and drinks boards too, interesting stuff.

7 days, 7am to 3pm. Swan Lane behind Floraditas (also newly earthquake-strengthened and with some new eye-catching dishes alongside the time-honoured favourites). Full laneway updates here.

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