Jano Bistro

Jano Bistro is somewhere I have only been twice, and both occasions have been for Wellington on a Plate. After they were shortlisted as a finalist last year (and eventually going on to win the Festival Dish award) we really wanted to eat there and were so delighted with our meal that I couldn’t wait…

Rata

Rata (43 Ballarat Street, Queenstown) Over the last year or so, I have developed a real appreciation for fine dining. I love the opportunity to eat food that I know has been put together by people with the knowledge and flair needed to create really interesting and well balanced food. Good chefs have a knack…

Logan Brown

Logan Brown (192 Cuba Street) I sometimes forget as I’m walking up Cuba Street, that nestled among the op shops and emporiums, the hipsters and musicians, lies Logan Brown; one of Wellington’s finest dining restaurants. Located in an old bank, even once you spot the building from the outside it’s still hard to believe the…

Akarua Wines & Kitchen

Akarua Wines & Kitchen (265 Arrowtown – Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown)   Previously known as Walnut Cottage, Akarua is a cutesy little cottage located just out of Arrowtown, not much further than Millbrook. After pulling into the gravel carpark, we made our way to the entrance across the sun-streamed patio and outdoor tables. We were welcomed…

The Larder

The Larder (133 Darlington Road, Miramar) For me, The Larder was one of those places that kept popping up in various awards and competitions (namely, Wellington on a Plate, and Wellington’s Top 10 Restaurants etc) but I had no idea where it actually was. I knew it would be fine dining, and when I saw…

WBC (Wholesale Boot Company)

WBC (107 Victoria Street) Located on the first floor of the Wholesale Boot Company building, WBC offers its customers so much more than what initially meets the eye. Despite working just down the road, I heard so much about WBC before I managed to even locate it, as it’s tucked away upstairs and completely inconspicuous without…

Five and Dime

Five and Dime (245 Cuba Street) Opened by the same name behind Five Boroughs (that is, Elie Assaf), I read somewhere that eating at Five and Dime was like dining inside a jewellery box – and how true that was. It’s pretty darn small, and the kitchen is right there in the thick of it….

Matterhorn

Matterhorn (106 Cuba Street) Matterhorn screams sophistication and elegance. Arrive through the long mystical tunnel, and choose to enter the bar or the restaurant. It spreads far and wide, and even has a cute little courtyard. The drinks menu is exquisite; from the pages and pages of cocktails to the enormous arrays of whiskeys, ports and other spirits….

Depot Eatery

Depot Eatery (86 Federal Street) I was beyond excited when I was presented with an opportunity to visit this treasure of Al Browns. It was definitely my first experience at an oyster bar, and it was such a tasty experience that I know it won’t be  my last. Depot doesn’t take reservations, so when we arrived…

Dockside

Dockside (Queen’s Wharf, Shed 3, Wellington Waterfront) Perched on the waterfront, Dockside offers a fine-dining experience with wonderfully scenic views. Although it’s quite expensive, the food itself is delicious. It has been popping up on GrabOne quite often recently, so I have managed to score some great deals there. It is amazing being so close…