Which is Wellington's best restaurant?

KERRY MCBRIDE
METRO AND CAPITAL DAY REPORTER
Last updated 16:24 18/06/2012
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AMBIENCE: The Ambeli Restaurant in Mt Victoria. The restaurant is among the finalists in the 2012 Capital Awards.

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Well-established Wellington eateries and food scene stalwarts have been recognised as the best in the business.

The 2012 Capital Awards celebrate the best in Wellington's hospitality industry, naming everything from Wellington's best restaurant to the best wine list, and recognising the best chefs, baristas and bartenders across the city.

The 2012 awards - which are nominated and voted for by hospitality staff - have been arranged to fall before Wellington on a Plate, the highlight of the capital's culinary calendar.

The finalists announced today across 17 categories will be voted for during July, before the grand winners are announced on August 5.

Ambeli, Capitol, Logan Brown and the White House have been named as the finalists for most outstanding restaurant, while industry stalwarts Ruth Pretty, Mike Egan of Monsoon Poon and Fidel's Café owner Roger Young have been named as finalists for their contributions to Wellington hospitality.

In the outstanding café category, Café Polo, Fidel's, Nikau and Ti Kouka Café have been named as the top contenders.

Restaurateur Lorenzo Bresolin has been recognised for his commitment to the Wellington scene.

"I'm flattered to say the least. It's particularly nice because they are industry awards so it's people who work alongside you saying thank you."

Bresolin, who is involved with CrazyHorse steakhouse, Scopa on Cuba St, and other restaurants around the city, says the Wellington industry is incredibly supportive.

"It's like a big family here. Everyone wants to see people doing well, it's a really tight little community."

The awards were the perfect way to recognise the talent in the city before the madness of Wellington on a Plate and the Christmas season, Bresolin said.

"The year does kind of build up to this point, so it's nice to have a bit of a celebration before we all dig in and go all out for the festival. It gives everyone a bit of a breather before the manic nature of the winter season."

Contact Kerry McBride
Metro and Capital Day reporter
Email: kerry.mcbride@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @kerry_mcbride

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