Newtown, A Lovely Place To Dine.

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.

Viva Mexico

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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

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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.

Curry Pot

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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.

Mediterranean Foods

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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.

 

 

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Review Of The High Tea At The Bolton Hotel And A Metre Long Pizza Experience With Mediterranean Foods.

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My latest High Tea Society Review At Bolton Hotel, Artisan Restaurant is up and it is a goody. I am currently trying to convince the family to go on holiday to Singapore so I can’t get myself a teapot. Postage from the website may be cheaper but Singapore has so much food to try and the Postie doesn’t.

Last weekend on Facebook I had some great news, I won the special Monday metre long pizza at Mediterranean Foods. Yes, 1 meter long. I was very good and shared with my family and friends. It was very impressive and very good. We got to choose 3 different pizzas to be featured. We had Italia, SicilIa and Chioggia. It fed 5 of us and for $55 I think that is pretty good. The novelty of the huge pizza was easily matched by the great taste. The restaurant and shop have been refurbished and look fantastic.

 

 

Yes, I have had a week that has been all about food. That is every week but this week has been extra foodie with the pizza above and a few changes at work. I started new hours at and this meant a whole hour for lunch. Working in the suburb I work in means I have plenty of choices for lunch. This week I had a very good Palak Paneer with naan bread ($9.50) at The Curry Pot  and Huarache Patria ($13 beef with green sauce) at Viva Mexico. Both were so very good and rather cheap.

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Today I also had pancakes ($16) at the new cafe in Petone, Seashore Cabaret. They were the best pancakes I have had in the Wellington Region, the coffee was also good and I love the decor. I wasn’t expecting the place to please me, but it did.

If you are Tim my personal trainer, I would still give myself 7/10 for my diet. There was fruit and veg involved.