Review: Pronto Burgers

Pronto Burgers and Cafe (Shop 7/1 Marine Parade, Tower 2) Every town needs a local burger joint, and the one at the Mount exceeds all expectations. It is in a prime location, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. Regularly featuring on TripAdvisor’s best “cheap eats’ it was somewhere that I knew I needed to get to,…

The Old Quarter

The Old Quarter (39 Dixon Street) As a massive lover of Mr Go’s and Chow, I was always destined to be a fan of The Old Quarter. Named after the Old Quarter in Hanoi, the menu is exciting, innovative and certainly ‘modern’ Vietnamese. The chef has come from 16 years at Chow, so you can…

Wellington on a Plate 2017

Wellington on a Plate 2017: boy that sure rolled around fast. This year, my focus was more on burgers than the events, although I did make a trip to Jano to experience their Dine Menu (as the Festival Dish winners last year, it felt rude not to!). Below is a brief summary of the eight…

Oikos

Oikos (382 Broadway, Miramar) A new found spot out in Miramar, Oikos virtually couldn’t be any closer to the airport. It’s tucked away in a building that I wouldn’t have given a second glance to had I not already made a reservation there based on others’ recommendations. Owned by the same people who own The…

The Fork & Tap

The Fork and Tap (51 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown) A cosy little pub in the corner of Arrowtown, how could you go wrong? Everywhere needs somewhere warm to go after a day on the slopes and The Fork and Tap has a pretty good name for itself. Live music each Wednesday night, a massive blackboard with…

The Barrio Brothers

The Barrio Brothers (100 Maunganui Road) A festive wee spot in the heart of Mt Maunganui, The Barrio Brothers serves up some delicious food and clearly has a good time doing it. The staff are all super friendly; they all seem to love working there! The menu is classic Mexican, with a number of tapa style…

Abbey Cellars Winery

Abbey Cellars Winery (1769 Maraekakaho Road) There is a lot of sentimental value attached to Abbey Cellars for me. My childhood home (that my family built) has the address of 1769 Maraekakaho Road, but rather than the winery it is now it used to be a horse breeding farm, known as Crianza. Over the years,…

Bebemos

Bebemos (88 Riddiford Street, Newtown) With its distinctive logo, beaut location, and expansive menu, this South American tapas bar is also a constant on the craft beer scene. With so many beers both on tap and bottled, it can be a tough time choosing. I feel a bit sorry for the staff there actually, because…

Husk

  Combine coffee and beer, and what do you get? Husk. Tucked away in alley off Ghuznee, it is somewhere you may never have noticed until now. But combining a cafe with a brewery is genius; and the fairy lights in the alleyway make it oh so easy to spot. The place is spacious; an…

The Ramen Shop

  The Ramen Shop (191 Riddiford Street, Newtown) Finally, an excuse to go to The Ramen Shop (not that I should need an excuse, but I will happily take one!). Needing a quick meal before heading off to No Lights No Lycra (give it a go if you haven’t already), The Ramen Shop seemed like an…