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Wellington, New Zealand

Eating and Drinking in Wellington, New Zealand

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Vista Café

Cafés & delis

Excellent coffee, delicious home-made muesli and lovely staff who were only too happy to help (an ever-so-slightly lost GG inspector) with directions. All in all a wonderful experience.

  • Prices: $6 for a long-black coffee.
  • Contact: 106 Oriental Place, Oriental Bay, Wellington
  • Tel: 04-385-7724
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Stephan's Restaurant and Country Café

Manakau

Restaurants

Songs of praise for this spacious, elegant restaurant can be heard far and wide. European flavours are honest and abundant in the French, Swiss and Italian influenced food. With a devoted staff of locals and a truly lovely country garden this owner-run eatery is homespun with a touch of foreign pizzazz. Located 10 min drive south of Levin, 5 min north of Otaki.

Stephan's Restaurant and Country Café
  • Prices: Lunch: mains $12.50 - $23 (most priced between 16.50 - $18.50), dessert $8.50 - $9.50; dinner: entrées $4 - $16, mains around $26, dessert $12.50. Fully licensed.
  • Contact: 1164 Main Highway, Manakau, Levin
  • Tel: 06-362-6520
  • Fax: 06-362-6733
  • Email: stephans@xtra.co.nz
  • Web: www.stephans.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Kai in the City

Wellington

Restaurants

Traditional Maori hospitality, flavours and music mingle in this wonderful restaurant where authentic dishes and wines are as intriguing as they are tasty. Ngaa uri a Tangaroa (gifts from the sea) and ngaa uri a Tane (gifts from the land) are all selected for their quality and can be savoured in a number of different ways. Opt for one of their special ‘platters to share’ or an individual Maori meal. “Beef eye-fillet on a hangi crush with a red wine jus and tamarillo kinaki” or “steamed kuku, kina kohere, tio repe, hamana, piri piri poaka and kawakawa cakes” certainly tickled my imagination as did the spiced kuumara pie (that’s sweet potato pie to you and me) for dessert.

Kai in the City
  • Prices: Open daily 5.30pm – late. Prices range from $20 - $35 for mains.
  • Contact: 21 Majoribanks Street, Downtown , Wellington
  • Tel: 04-801-5006
  • Fax: 04-389-3417
  • Cel: 027-279-8412
  • Email: kaiinthecity@xtra.co.nz
  • Web: www.kaicity.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Logan Brown

Wellington

Restaurants

Steve (Logan) and Al (Brown), perfectionists with 40 years combined restaurant experience, prove exceptional standards don’t always have to mean formality. Located in a grand 1920's banking chamber (romantic for those, unlike me, that have a date), the food at Logan Brown is renowned for its generous portions and its focus on striking (yet simple) tastes and textures. Eyes peeled for the bar that's disguised as an aquarium, it serves great drinks and tasting platters for nibblers.

Logan Brown
  • Contact: Cnr of Cuba and Vivian Street, Wellington
  • Tel: 04-801-5114
  • Email: queries@loganbrown.co.nz
  • Web: www.loganbrown.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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The White House Restaurant

Wellington

Restaurants

Every long-standing relationship should follow the example set by the White House and its devout following of customers. Head chef Paul’s commitment to ‘big’ flavour combinations and startlingly fresh, seasonal produce has led to 14 years of infallible dishes. Bright harbour views and unfaltering service complete this exceptional eating experience.

The White House Restaurant
  • Prices: Mains from $38 - $45, desserts from $18.
  • Contact: 232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
  • Tel: 04-385-8555
  • Fax: 04-382-9749
  • Email: info@whr.co.nz
  • Web: www.whr.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Eateria de Manon

Wellington

Restaurants

Tucked away down a tiny alleyway this rustic French-style eatery is the ideal spot for a romantic rendezvous. The unique menu is small but perfectly formed and certainly won’t disappoint. If you’re after something a bit different Eateria de Manon has that certain je ne sais quoi. Vegetarians are catered for but choices are limited.

  • Contact: 167 Riddiford Road, Newtown, Wellington
  • Tel: 04-380-1100
  • Email: fraserhannah@hotmail.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Matterhorn

Wellington

Restaurants

Matterhorn’s smooth, softly-lit interior, bright tree-spotted courtyard and Swiss-style originality strikes a sophisticated balance between chic and down-to-earth. A broad and colourful clientele, from ‘trendies’ and businessmen in angular suits to musical bohemian daydreamers, makes for a people-watcher’s dream. Three spirit-packed shelves of an 11-metre bar (that’s 33 metres of booze) are manned by a host of on-the-pulse bar staff that can throw together cocktails to suit every taste or mood. And there's an all-day-to-late-night food menu to curb every craving. No one puts it better than one regular who said, “go there or go home.”

  • Prices: Lunch $9 - $21, dinner $26 - $32.
  • Contact: 106 Cuba Street, Marion Square, Wellington
  • Tel: 04-384-3359
  • Fax: 04-384-3340
  • Email: info@matterhorn.co.nz
  • Web: www.matterhorn.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Hummingbird

Wellington

Restaurants

A number of little birdies told me about this funky café/bar where a continual hum of activity is attracted by fancy cocktails, great music and good food. For feather-weight appetites, those just wishing to curb the afternoon munchies or a late-night emergency alcohol soaker-upper there is a delicious selection of tapas-style ‘small plates’ to choose from. Heartier ‘big plates’ are also available.

  • Contact: 22 Courtnay Place, Cnr Courtenay Place and Blair Street, Wellington
  • Tel: 04-801-6336
  • Fax: 04-801-6339
  • Email: cafe@hummingbird.net.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Wellington Highlights

  • Pick up a leaflet from the tourist information centre and head off on one of Wellington's many heritage trails. Wellington is full of classic architecture and notable buildings such as Parliament House and Old St Paul's.
  • Take the short, steep and scenic cable-car ride from Lambton Quay to Kelburn and Wellington's scent-filled botanic gardens. Lady Norwood Rose Garden, a spectacular wheel of colour, blooms throughout the summer.
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