Food & Dining
I was enjoying myself within nano-seconds of walking into Daddy O's last week.
Frank Sinatra's golden voice was filling Wellington's new 1940s and 50s-style diner when a friend and I dropped in for lunch.
After a few minutes of the king of crooners, we were treated to Billie Holliday. Even before we ate, Daddy O's was ahead of the game for us.
Daddy O's opened only a week ago and seems to already be carving a niche for itself.
Wellingtonians apparently can't get enough of those gourmet burgers, pizzas and steaks.
The first-floor restaurant is sited at 90-92 Manners St. Voodoo, serving Cajun food, was there previously, and before that Harem, which offered Turkish delights.
Daddy O's, named partly in honour of owner Ceit McLean's father, does a good job of invoking a 1950-type feel.
Besides the retro music, four wonderful photo montages are spread across one wall. They show Wellington 60 years ago - musicians entertaining well-dressed crowds, street scenes, personalities.
The decor around the rest of the restaurant is sparse, which is fine by me.
Further, there are plenty of booths spread around the generous floor space. I love the privacy booths afford and enjoy any restaurant where tables are not virtually on top of each other.
I ordered a seafood chowder ($13), which was not only tasty but so filling I didn't feel I could then order a main - an unusual experience for me.
My mate went for a half-rack of country-style ribs ($15) and began at a furious pace. He slowed down considerably as he neared the end of his very large helping. I could only imagine what the full rack ($24.50) would have been like.
Daddy O's has a good range of food on offer, including flapjacks ($12 for two, $15 for four) and an inviting array of burgers.
It has live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The restaurant, which offers a good range of craft beers and local wines, is open every day except Monday for brunches, lunches and dinners.
- The Wellingtonian