Cafe Reviews

Cafe review: Nui

Nui Cafe

Situated on the busy corner of Victoria and Wakefield streets, Nui Espresso has a great location.

Review: The Crab Shack

Crab Shack

Simon Gault's latest - Wellington's The Crab Shack - is a food-on-your-face place, writes David Burton.

Cafe review: Midnight Espresso

midnight espresso

About 25 years ago, childhood friends Tim Rose and Geoff Marsland caught up on an overseas jaunt to Canada where they were inspired to buy a coffee machine and bring it back home.

Hangar all about coffee

hangar

Every other week it seems a new cafe pops up in the coffee capital. The Hangar is the latest addition at the top of Dixon St.

Cafe Review: French Cancan

cancan

If professional-level eclairs, quiche and canele de Bordeaux are what you seek in Newtown, then you'll have to trudge down the end of the funereal Lychgate Mall.

Diamond in the rough sparkles

Revive

Located next door to its more famous sibling, La Bella Italia, in Petone, Revive Cafe serves fresh, wholesome food and good coffee.

Cafe review: Replete

replete

New cafes are challenging hard, but Replete still keeps the crowds happy.

Cafe review: A plum spot

Plum

It looks pretty average from the street, but Plum Cafe in the heart of Cuba Mall is all about food and location.

Where food meets fashion

Lullaby of Birdland

A few of your favourite things, together - that was what Lullaby of Birdland aimed to serve when it opened in upper Cuba St this year.

Cafe review: Beannie Cafe

Beannie Cafe

Petone's bustling Beannie Cafe has a homely, grandma's kitchen kind of vibe.

Review: Olive impressive as ever

Olive

Olive on Cuba St is under new management, but its food and coffee is just as good as ever.

Cafe Review: Little Bohemian

Little Bohemian

If you like your coffee with a friendly smile, a casual atmosphere, a children's play area, free wi-fi and Wellington-made treats, Little Bohemian is the place to get it.

Cafe review: Baobab

Baobab

Out the back of Baobab there's a welcome surprise: a perfectly imperfect garden, a world away from busy Riddiford St outside.

Cafe review: Elements

elements

Elements is the ideal venue for a meal with your mum or gran for, despite being busy, it's never loud.

Review: Cuba St Bistro

bistro

There's no pretence here to anything beyond honest bistro fare, but there are one or two attempts at fine dining nonetheless.

Review: Shinobi Sushi Lounge

shinobi

Shinobi makes traditional Japanese sushi using local ingredients, and trys to replicate what you'd be able to order in a sushi bar in Tokyo or Osaka.

Cool Change restaurant review

Cool Change

REVIEW: A cool change has blown through Martinborough with the opening of a new restaurant-bar, where miraculously

Cafe review: Cafe Polo

polo cafe

There's nothing avant-garde on Cafe Polo's menu, but it stands out from the suburban cafes dotting Wellington thanks to its emphasis on provenance and seasonality.

Rasa: Consistently great fare

Rasa

REVIEW: David Burton returns to a Rasa after nine years and finds it still doesn't disappoint.

Cafe review: Waimea

Cured lard crostini

Waimea specialises in refined Italian food, writes David Burton.

Cafe Review: Mister D

mis str

Mister D has outstanding food at good prices, writes David Burton.

Review: Six Barrel Soda Co

Six Barrel Soda Cafe

REVIEW: Eva Dixon's has gone on to live in various incarnations and locations: The latest is the Six Barrel Soda Company.

Review: Capitol

Capitol

Chef patron Tom Hutchinson caters to sophisticated palates and while his repertoire is the ever-accessible Italian.

Cuba St's Caribbean flavour boost

Caribbean Restaurant

Until recently, the closest you could get to authentic Caribbean cuisine in Cuba St was a handful of loosely Cuban-influenced dishes.

Cafe Review: Coucou

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Coucou
92 Karori Rd, Karori.
The Dominion Post has not reviewed this cafe fully.
Here is a couple of bites of information:
What: Formerly Boutique Dining. Owner-chef Jerome Touzard, a native of Brittany, has cooked in France, London and Sydney.
Why: Where else would you find an entree of seared scallops on pumpkin mousseline with sauce vierge and herbs salad?
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Cafe Review: Concorde Patisserie

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The Dominion Post has not reviewed this cafe fully.
Here are a few bites of information:
Concorde Patisserie
92 Lambton Quay.
What: Bakery-cafe serving affordable lunch fare.
Why: Good value, plenty to choose from, and the croissants are the best.
We would love to hear about your experiences. Please leave a comment below.

Cafe Review: Crepes A Go Go

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The Dominion Post has not reviewed this cafe fully.
Here are a few bites of information:
Crepes A Go Go
77 Manners St, City.
What: Sweet and savoury crepes to go from a little hole in the wall.
Why: Cheap street eats, with fillings for every taste, including melted chocolate, Nutella (the punters' fave) and classic lemon and sugar.
We would love to hear about your experiences. Please leave a comment below.

Cafe Reviews: Le Moulin

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The Dominion Post has not reviewed this cafe fully.
Here are a few bites of information:
Le Moulin
248 Willis St.
What: A tiny bakery that produces a range of breads, viennoiserie and pies under the watchful eye of former Parisian baker Paul Pioche.
Why: The best amande croissant, canele (yes, a portable creme brulee), sourdough and baguettes in town.
We would love to hear about your experiences. Please leave a comment below.

Cafe Review: Bordeaux Bakery

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The Dominion Post has not reviewed this restaurant in the last two years. We would love to hear about your experiences. Post a comment below and let us know what you think.

Cafe Review: Cafe Rata

Would you like some native birdsong with your coffee?

Cafe Review: Aubergine

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The Dominion Post has not reviewed this cafe in the last two years. We would love to hear about your experiences. Post a comment below and let us know what you think.

Goin' south

Mexican restaurants are hot in the capital and so is the food, if you wish.

Cafe Review: Havana

Great coffee, great tapas, and only a stones throw from Cuba Street.

Cafe needs le maestro

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CHRISTIAN BARTHELEMY has become a bit of a fixture at the top end of Lower Hutt's High St shopping precinct since opening what was then just a bakery with a couple of tables, with his wife Beverley, almost nine years ago.

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