20 Post/s by location: New Zealand

Dining in style at The White House

17 May 2012

The White House

The White House

Just a taking a little break from my usual meatridden spiels to reflect on a moment of finer dining a couple of months ago. It was our last night at home in Wellington and we were looking for a convenient excuse to convince my parents to allow us to take them out for a bit of a blow out at a nice restaurant. As it turned out it was their wedding anniversary so off we went to The White House.

The White House is one of Wellington’s swishier restaurants, situated in the prime location of Oriental Bay, looking out onto beautiful views of Wellington Harbour.

As we very rarely go out for such meals, we decided to go the whole hog and ordered the Menu Degustation all round. The meal was wonderful. Each dish a delight. Beautiful to look at and beautiful to eat. Little nods to molecular gastronomy here and there. Explosions of exciting and complimentary flavours and textures left, right and centre. Ten courses of heaven. (more…)

Ortega Fish Shack

29 Jan 2011

At last we reach my final post in the “My New Zealand Holiday” series and I’m glad we end on a good note.  Classier than the name suggests I had been looking forward to visiting Ortega Fish Shack ever since a friend recommended it to me at the start of my holiday.  It wasn’t until the end that I managed to get round to booking it.  One of the most memorable things about our visit here was the near perfect service.  The other memorable thing about this visit was the food – absolutely gorgeous!

Roasted Snapper, parisienne potatoes & crayfish butter

Roasted Snapper, parisienne potatoes & crayfish butter

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Vietnamese Fusion ala Restaurant 88

28 Jan 2011

Restaurant 88 has been one of my family’s favourite restaurants in Wellington for the past several years.  With the owner coming from Vietnamese origins the food they serve is Vietnamese with a Kiwi metropolitan twist.

The evening we arrived seemed relatively busy and vibrant for a weekday evening with as the clientèle happily chatted away while tucking into what looked like rather large and impressive dishes.  I was rather keen to sample their caramelised sticky baby back ribs and my Dad was looking forward to their famous rib steak.  Disappointingly they were out of both.

We shared a couple of starters and they were both presented very well.  The griddle grilled beef and bacon skewers (NZ$13.50) sounded rather odd to me but tasted lovely and not unlike beef and pork satay with an excellent chargrilled flavour.

Griddle Grilled Beef and Bacon Skewers

Griddle Grilled Beef and Bacon Skewers

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Brunch at Parade Cafe

27 Jan 2011

Brunch is a common and popular pastime for us kiwis and something I think we do quite well.  Eggs scrambled, fried, poached, Benedict and all it’s variations (Florentine, Benetine, Royale… etc.), french toast, pancakes, hash browns, sausages, grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, corn fritters… we do it all!  And with a fabulous cup of coffee on the side.  Love it!

The Grand Parade Breakfast

The Grand Parade Breakfast (essentially a Full English but in NZ it's called anything but!)

Parade Cafe is a known and loved brunch time favourite in the scenic oceanside location of Oriental Bay in Wellington.  After being kicked out of their former location to make way for upmarket apartments, they moved across the road to former restaurant The Tugboat.

Parade Cafe at The Tugboat

Parade Cafe at The Tugboat

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Foraging for Crab and Pipis

26 Jan 2011

My five week holiday at home in New Zealand mostly consisted of happily loitering about, not doing much of anything really.  Some of this loitering was spent at my Uncle and Aunt’s restaurant Taste of Malaysia in Lower Hutt.  It was here that I overheard my Aunt discussing their Thai Chef, Bob’s recent success crab and pipi fishing at Paraparaumu Beach.

My ears instantly pricked up.  Delicious super fresh seafood… for free?!  ”Can I come next time please?!” I suddenly burst out much to Bob’s astonishment and disbelief that a visitor from London would want to participate in such a manual activity… for fun!  ”We’ll all go!” my Aunt said and so it was set.

Digging about in the waves for pipis

Foraging about in the waves for pipis

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