Saturday, 22 May 2010


Bustedblonde has taken off for a while and left Roarprawn to me - the Brunette and the American Gardener. ( Incidentally I think he has increased the intellectual depth of this blog somewhat. )

So who am I? Well just a citizen of the New Zealand village. I dine out quite a bit and often with Busted and have a good cellar of NZ Pinot Noirs. So I will write about food and wine and leave the brainy stuff to the Gardener.

So today we were quite excited to see that the new but very charming and erudite Jessie Mulligan has linked his blog Auckland Food Blog to Roarprawn as a blog that contains some interesting information and insights on food and dining out in Wellington.

We notice that Jessie has posted Andrew Bisley's Wellington's " Best Of " so we thought we would do the same.

Here are Andrew's picks:

Best Brunch: Maranui
Best BYO Cheap Eat: Curry Heaven (Newtown)
Best Group BYO Cheap Eat: Ban Man Thai (with reusable entertainment card)
Best Café: Floriditas
Best French: Le Canard, Arbritageur
Best Hutt: La Bella Italia
Best (Wgtn) Suburban: The Larder (Miramar)
Best Italian: Maria Pia’s, Vivo
Best Indian: Great India
Best Malay: Serai
Best Dish: Trade Kitchen’s chicken risotto
Best Duck: Manon
Best Fish Tagine: Casablanca
Best Music: Lido (Jazz, pavement-side, summer Sat or Sun)
Best Pizza: Zibibbo
Best Seafood: Ortega Fish Snack Bar (especially crayfish butter sauce)
Best Steak: 88, Ortega Fish Snack Bar
Best Takeaway: Phoenician Falafel
Best Welcome: Ambeli
Best View: The White House, Scorchorama
Most Overrated: Flying Burrito Brothers

And here are ours
Best Brunch: Felix
Best BYO Cheap Eat: Tulsi
Best Group BYO Cheap Eat: Ban Man Thai
Best Café: Floriditas tied with Vista
Best French: Le Metropolitan, La Cunard
Best Italian: Zicos, Bella Italia on the Terrace
Best Indian: Tulsi
Best Chinese - Yangtze
Best Dishes: Duck pie at Zicos (only on request) Paua Ravioli at Logan Brown, Lamb Shanks at Boulcott Street Bistro, Snapper Pie at Arbitrageur
Best Duck - Yangtze
Best Fish -Anything that Franco cooks at Zicos ( let him decide - its always superb) and the Snapper Pie at Arbitrageur.
Best Music: Anything that isn't too loud and I like restaurants that don't play " doof doof" music.
Best Pizza: Scopa
Best Seafood: Fresh Bluff oysters
Best Yum cha - the Eastern Sunrise on Lower Tory St.
Best Steak: Boulcott Street Bistro
Best Takeaway: Daniels Kebabs on the Terrace,
Best Sushi - Blowfish on the Terrace
Best Welcome: Jo ex D4 now Green Man
Best Pub - Green man ( because Jo is there - however the food is nothing great).
Best View: Bach Cafe South Coast
Best coffee - Mixed Business on the Terrace
Most Overrated: Shed 5. ( food is too inconsistent)
Most Crazy good for no real reason but its cheap - Long Bar ( Malay).


gravedodger said...

Welcome brunette, that list of foodies is very cruel on those of us who by reason of our chosen camp on the planet have rather limited options. It is self inflicted I know so good blogging.

mojo said...

Aha ... a 'good cellar of pinots,' eh?
Not a cellar of good pinots? Given my last tour I would have to agree with the description ... VA was an issue frequently.

Anonymous said...

Try the pepper steak at Theo's Greek Taverna in Pirie St. Strange but true, it is up there.