A whirlwind trip to Wellington on a Plate begins with arriving at late o'clock on Friday and departing at shhh you'll wake the rooster on Monday. And in between is a whole bunch of decadence and silliness.
Disclaimer: Detective Chow's trip to New Zealand was completely privately funded. If anyone wants to sponsor him for future visits to Wellington or any other city/township, he is totally up for it. (I hope you're reading this, Tourism NZ and Air New Zealand.)
Pravda Cafe. They pulled out all the stops and I must say it was amazing. I'm surprised how well the wines matched the food, considering it was a one-label affair. The Murdoch James wines were great on their own, too.
Bohemein Chocolate Shop and...
Someone asked about non-food things to do in Wellington. Purely a hypothetical question, I imagine.
- Te Papa museum in the CBD has a giant squid, earthquake re-enactment and other cool stuff. Could easily spend half a day not eating there.
- The Weta Cave in Miramar is a museum of the Weta Studio (Peter Jackson / Lord of the Rings / Meet the Feebles etc). Some time could be spent there before having Mexican at La Boca Loca. Just near La Boca Loca is a beautiful old cinema (now the Roxy) -- worth a quick look inside at the upstairs ceiling.
- The St James Theatre in the CBD is also worth a look.
- Lots of gardens, parks and whatnot. And the (famous?) cable car.
- Is beer non-food? How about wine? Welly seems to have a few micro/breweries. Regional Wines is an amazing bottle shop where you can fill your own bottles with local beers, plus they have an incredible range of wines and spirits.
- For nightlife, Cuba St and surrounds seems to be the place to be. The Fringe Bar has comedy, karaoke, live music etc on any given night. Luckily, Cuba St is also the food capital.
Sorry, thinking with my stomach again. Occupational hazard.