That time has come, the time where I spend far too much time reading menus and planning to eat out. Most of the time these plans happen and I am not home for long for some of August.
Burgers are my thing and also eating out at new places. You can read some of my previous years’ antics here.
So far I am liking the look of my friend Lucy’s Looking Good: Food Styling and Photography.
The High Tea events are also looking good.
Anyway, off you go.
Visa Wellington On A Plate
Let me know what you think?
Two things made me think about the delicious pizza we had at The Paperboat. The first was reading the book Lion and the mention of a city in India of a similar name as Beramphore , the second, a friend asking about the best pizza in Wellington. Maggie, here you go!
The Paperboat is over on my work side of the city and not a local. However, for the authentic wood-fired pizza and the handmade chips, we will travel. It is somewhere we constantly talk about and keep meaning to go back to and I think now I have told you too, we defiantly should.
Last visit we particularly enjoyed the IKA and the chips, there is just something wonderful about good pizza and fab chips. I am not a huge hot chips fan and when I have them, I want them to be special. I would go back for the chips alone and would love to try the fish.
If any one over that side of the city wants a dinner date, we will oblige!
I get asked how we eat out so often on a regular basis. The answer is pretty simple really and I will give you a couple of tips. I got thinking about this today when Mr and I were at Gr8 Tandoori Indian in Lower Hutt. Their lunch menu is a main, rice and plain naan for $9.90 , you can pimp your naan for $1. Today we splashed out and had Onion Bhaji for $6. Oh those fried morsels were good, so good. Our two mains and bhaji came to $28.40 and was easily enough for a main meal, in fact we declared our selves Christmas Day full! I sometimes pay that in a cafe for a coffee and breakfast for 1.
Eating out at lunch time can be really cheap. We enjoy Indian and Asian food, often they are the places with the good lunch time deals. The portions are never stingy and always enough for a main meal. Our favourites change and do often base our weekend outing on where to have lunch!
Drink The Water
In New Zealand cold water is put on the tables in most restaurants. If you eat out at lunch time and stick to the water it makes your meal pretty cheap. On occasion one of us might splash out and have something but generally we stick to the water. A beer could nearly the same as your whole meal at lunch time. If you want the beer, have the beer…. I am Emma the Enabler and not a party pooper.
Go for lunch in the place that looks dingy and dark. Walk in the door of the noisy place with picture food. Try things you wouldn’t otherwise pick. If you are not paying full price for an evening meal it is a good excuse to give something different or somewhere different a go. You may find the perfect lunch spot and it may always remain a lovely lunch place but keep you happy.
When we do eat out in the evening we will more than likely choose somewhere in the Entertainment Book. Having the app on our phones has meant we have used it so much more. Using the vouchers is also a way to discover new places and helps with the being brave part.
Go Out Separately
I am the one who eats out the most in our family. We do not always eat out together and when you see my food pics, I am often out with friends. This cuts the cost of eating out and means that as the foodie, I get to eat out more. We do do pocket money accounts and I then have my own food fund.
Joining a group of like minded foodies is also a good way to eat out without your partner or non foodie friends. Wellington Foodies is a great place to start and I have met some fab people through belonging to this group.
I am not going to write a list with links, you need to discover these places for yourself. Ask away on FB if you would like any top tips or have something to add.
Almost a year ago I went to Jano Bistro for their degustation. Last night, I did it again and Mr Muffin came along too.
This is a minor miracle. Mr M does enjoy eating out but it is normally of the Asian variety and comes with a kick.We went along with friends who had never done a degustation either and they too were left impressed with Jano’s too.
The food looked fantastic and tasted amazing too. We talked about the wonderful thing about doing a degustation menu is eating things you would never order. We all ate just about everything on our plate. Mr M left a small part of the calamari mousse but it was finished by our dining companion.
I am now plotting our next fancy dinner out, I may have to wait a couple of months but I have plans in my head and they may involve the Artisan Dining House.
Now, I am not one for descriptions or remembering the exact description of a dish. I can tell you that all the elements on the plate went perfectly and I am just going to give a brief hint with the pictures (click to enlarge). If you want to go, you need to book and they can adjust the menu to suit dietary needs.
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You know how you always have that one place you always talk about going to but never do?
Tequila Joe’s and their eat all you can taco Tuesday’s was just that for me and some friends. This week we finally went and we ate all we could. Each of us ladies had 6 each, shared two baskets of fries and one of corn chips. I think we did well as the tacos are not those tiny ones.
All of the tacos were excellent, the fries were fab and the food kept on coming until we could eat no more. Not only do you get various tacos but Baja fries and corn chips too. To be honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy the tacos as much as I did and my expectations weren’t high. I really enjoyed the evening, the atmosphere and the food. I think the pork were my favourite and I am not a big pork fan.
Check their website and Facebook for the information. I do believe they are now doing Taco Thursday too. it is best to book.
A few months ago I suddenly found myself working in Newtown. This was a bit of a sudden move and a shock. Once I got over the change I realised that I had a whole new world of food to explore. With a change in role and hours, I now get an hours lunch time. This make me happy. I will update on this post as I eat more and more food.
Love Viva Mexico. We have been making the odd visit to the Left Bank Cuba restaurant for years and now I get to go to the far more spacious Newtown branch. The food is the same fab tasty dishes and it has a look of holiday about it, you certainly don’t feel like you are sat in Newtown. For lunch there are two $12 options- Quesadillas or Huarache Patria. You can choose various fillings for both. The photo above is of my vegetarian quesadillas, I really enjoyed the meal and it was nice and filling. I also have a soft spot for the Huarache Patria and I choose green sauce and beef.
The Ramen Shop
I have been wanting to go to The Ramen house for a very long time. Previously they weren’t open when I had my lunch break but now with the luxury of an hour I can slurp at leisure. The day I visited with a friend I really liked the look of the Chilled Kimchi Noodles, not Ramen, I know. They were so very perfect and tasty, they were everything I hoped they would be from the menu description. My friend did something he has never done before, ordered a vegetarian dish. He went for the Shoyu Shiitake, I tried one of his pickled shiitake and it was delicious. He was very impressed that he enjoyed a vegetarian dish so much and we both left talking about next time. I am already dreaming about the Spicy Chicken Ramen.
We are big fans of eating at Indian restaurants at lunch time. They are often incredible value and you get to choose a main dish, rice and a plain naan for around $10-$12. At the weekend we often eat Indian food as our main meal. Near my workplace there are four Indian restaurants to choose from, yes, four. Lately the Curry Pot has been a favourite as they do a good lunch deal and great food. Their Palak Paneer is probably my favourite out of all the places we visit.
This place has had one big make over and is now stunning. I haven’t actually had lunch here yet but will soon, they have a pasta dish of the week for $10 as well as other items on the menu. You can find out what the dish is on their Facebook page and even watch how it is made. When I last went there it was for metre long pizza , I was very lucky and won the pizza on FB. They have a good few competitions. The pizza was delicious and we will certainly be back. It is the kind of place I would choose for a birthday dinner. I must go for lunch and a good browse around the shop.
Yesterday was the first day of summer down this end of the world. In Wellington it started out grey and eventually turned into summer. It was a perfect day for heading over to the south coast of the city and for a bit of an adventure.
I picked up my friend Lily to head to the Beach House and Kiosk. I decided a detour down Adelaide Road with a stop off at a chocolatier’s was in order and I am mighty glad we did.
Excuse the not very good photo but you get the gist.
Baron Hasselhoff’s was amazing and I think I speak for both of us when I say we left happy. It is a small place with chocolates that amaze. It reminds me of visiting choccywoccydoodah in Brighton. You can see the mind at work making the delightful chocolates. These are not your run of the mill chocolates, they are thought out and considered flavours. They are very different chocolates to I have had anywhere else and I will certainly be treating myself to a box of 6 soon. While in there we had a good chat with the owner and did rather a lot of trying samples, buying chocolates and eating them right there, it was fun. I loved the Rose, raspberry and pomegranate molasses and was surprised by the liquorice root mallow puff.
After our chocolate stop we headed to the cafe at the end of the road and around by red rocks. The cafe that was here previously had rather a sad reputation and was a bit unloved by locals. It is the first stop for many people who have emigrated here or are on holiday, it was our first cafe in New Zealand. Wellington…… you need to rethink that!
The cafe has been renovated and is now the Beach House And Kiosk, it is stunning. The views around there are the same jaw dropping views and now the cafe is back to matching the scenery. We both loved the decor and the ambiance. It feels good and is a place I would drive out of my way to visit. The cakes on the counter looked lovely, the service was nice, friendly and Kiwi. The food we ordered was also excellent. Our one gripe was the duck fat spuds could have been cooked and little more.
The old owners of Elements and Zoe, one of the chefs from Elements are running this place. It showed in the food, the menu and I will certainly be back for more.
We shared a roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad and duck fat potatoes. Lily didn’t want the pecorino cheese on the spuds so I had mine on the side. Both dishes were lovely and we were left full. The smoked yoghurt with the cauliflower was a big winner. Oh, I forgot, we also fitted in half a doughnut each. That was good too.