Cafe Scene

Wellington city advent calendar

The daytime version of the advent calendar Tim Gibson has created.

Wellington Chocolate Factory and Postively Wellington Tourism start the festive season with an advent calendar and a new chocolate bar.

Free brekkie inspires kind acts

A note left at a Wellington cafe by a stranger who paid for a group of gobsmacked diners' breakfasts.

Mystery Wellington woman has started a cycle of kindness after shouting breakfast for five strangers at a local cafe.

From the Menu: Against the odds

Gipps Street Deli spinach quiche.

A chef was told his feta and spinach quiche would never set, but it has been a staple of his cafe menu for five years.

Smoking stubbed out at city cafe

Enigma Cafe and Bar owner Romeel Yousif says he is losing about $2000 a week because smokers are no longer allowed in his outdoor area.

How open does an area have to be before you can smoke in it? More open than this.

From the Menu: saffron seafood chowder

Boat Cafe's saffron seafood chowder.

Boat Cafe's Saffron Seafood Chowder

From the Menu: blue cheese muffins

Blue Cheese & Artichoke Muffins

Beachside favourite a family affair

Coconut and plum cake from the Chocolate Fish Cafe.

Shelly Bay's Chocolate Fish cafe makes the most deliciously moist plum and coconut cake - and they're sharing their recipe.

Cool cafe in the 'burbs

Coolsville Trading Post, Hataitai, is a mix of kitsch and Kiwi congeniality.

With a "Piss Off: We're Closed" sign in the window and a surly-looking cartoon racoon face stencilled on the door, Hataitai's Coolsville Trading Post offers up the blend of kitsch and kiwi congeniality that a Wellington eatery needs.

Hot choc hero: Gotham's sweet success

Lower Hutt's Gotham Cafe won the city's inaugural Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge.  The cafe team is, from left, owners Isabella and Steve Wang, Danielle Patterson, Jordan Miller and Tyla Greenwood.

Hot chocolate with a butterscotch twist has taken out the inaugural Sweet As Hutt Hot Chocolate Challenge.

Sweet secret on Willis St

Coffee and pastries are the specialty at Sweet Eiffel Tower on Willis St.

More people need to know about the recently opened Sweet Eiffel Tower, David Burton writes.

Elders appreciate chef Phillips' innovations

Rodney Phillips, Executive Chef at Elderslea Lodge in Upper Hutt, won first place in the inaugural Senior Lifestyle Cuisines Competition in Auckland.  He is pictured with Elderslea activities representative Denise Niedermeyer, at the opening of the rest home's cafe, Mint.

An award-winning Upper Hutt chef has found rest home residents to be very appreciative of his efforts.

Italian on the cheap

One thing to try: Zabaglione

Say a prayer for some authenticity at Vatican.

From the menu

Risotto from Palmerston North's Nero Bar

A risotto so creamy and delicious the recipe had to be shared.

Veggies the heroes on chef plates

Award-winning vegetarian dish by Maclean Fraser.

Once upon a time veggie dishes came on request, now chefs are frequently required to cater for limited eaters.

Salty Pidgin's crispy cauliflower

Salty Pidgin's crispy cauliflower.

Last weekend my husband & I enjoyed, with some friends, a fantastic evening at Salty Pidgin in Brooklyn. As an entree my husband ordered Crispy Cauliflower. This surprised me as he's not really into vegetables. Anyway you could ask them to share this recipe. Anything that help keep the veg intake up is good in my book. Thank you.

Carmen's bid to be capital's first lady

Bob Jones with his Wellington mayoral candidate Carmen Rupe, pictured in 1988.

Wellington's mayoral race was given a shot in the arm by the entry of flamboyant drag queen Carmen in 1977.

Trading Sotheby's for soul food

Laura Greenfield at Sotheby's Cafe kitchen.

A former head chef at Sotheby's cafe in London is bringing seasonal flavours to her Wellington eatery.

Sign language menu tests guests

Sarah Hitchings orders her meal in New Zealand Sign Language at CQ Restaurant using a dictionary app. To her left, CQ Hotel general manager Olivier Lacoua browses the sign language menu.

CQ Restaurant in Cuba St has launched a New Zealand Sign Language menu where guests sign to order their meal. Talia Carlisle tested her knowledge during New Zealand Sign Language Week.

A capital cafe crawl

Midnight Espresso on Cuba street.

Wellington is almost as well-known for its cafe culture as it is for windy weather. We checked it out over a long weekend.

Brothers ready to toss in the tea towel.

Alex and Bill Paxie who are selling the National Cafe in Napier. It has been in the family for 80 years.

Napier's longest running restaurant, The National Cafe, is closing down after almost 80 years in business.

Hopstock fest keeps it fresh

Kereru Brewery's assistant brewer Alex Bartley Nees with their 2015 Hopstock beer, an English-style bitter.

Craft breweries have paired with Wellington bars to celebrate the New Zealand hop harvest.

Lotto: what would God say?

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Tapsell with a new Lotto machine in Parliament in 1987.

Gambling was a hot topic in the 1980s. There was talk of a floating casino and this new game of Lotto was on everyone's lips.

Pastry chef takes the cake video

Let them eat cake: Hippopotamus head chef Laurent Loudeac has enlisted the help of pastry chef David Cadoret to create a sumptuous opera cake for his wedding this weekend.

It's probably no surprise that classically trained French chef Laurent Loudeac is catering his own wedding but he's wisely left the hard part – the cake – to top pastry chef David Cadoret.

Flight Coffee to traverse Tasman

Flight Coffee managing director Nick Clark drinking a short black.

Wellington coffee company Flight Coffee is about to spread its wings across the Tasman.

Cafe left with $110k debt

BINK BOWLER: Having left Wellington last year, Bowler has been involved in cafes in Hawaii, Melbourne and Thailand, and has now emerged in Christchurch.

The former operator of popular Wellington cafe Memphis Belle has emerged in Christchurch.

The Tiger that roared

The heat isn't altered for a European palate in the dishes at Golden Tiger.

Getting past an architectural stumbling block has rich rewards for restaurant Golden Tiger.

Three brews in one video

Wellingtonians love coffee.

A young Wellingtonian has transformed his love for coffee into a business idea he believes is a world first.

Cafe of the Year contest heats up

Cafe Credit: Scott Barrett at his Elements Cafe, one of three Wellington establishments in the running of Cafe of the Year. He is up against Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in Lower Hutt and Karori Park Cafe.

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.

Dining review: Five Boroughs

Five Boroughs is faithful to a New York deli-diner, with a bottomless cup.

Restaurant transformations

Hidden away: The Hideaway's chef Adam Rickett and owner Vincent Lombino.

Two new eateries that have just opened in Wellington have a long history behind them.

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