Review: Cafe Pasha, Dixon St, Wellington
A taste of…Cafe Pasha, 62 Dixon St, Wellington
We'd heard… The authentic Turkish restaurant was a great place to relive our bygone student days with a cheeky BYO.
We started with... A Turkish platter ($20). Served on a dinner plate, the selection of Mediterranean snacks included dolma - piquant rice wrapped in vine leaves - which went nicely with a smooth drop of red, alongside morish, cheese-filled filo cigars and chunks of spicy, super-tasty Turkish salami. There were medallions of crunchy falafel, and spongy, golden halloumi, too. There was a dollop of creamy tzatziki with a single olive perched roguishly in the centre, to go with a pile of warm, wonderful Turkish bread.
There were three portions of each item, making it easy to share. While the unassuming presentation could be likened to an afternoon tea at a kindergarten, the cafe's description online was "unpretentious", so it's not like we weren't warned. And, it was a good way to work up an appetite for the main course - a mixed shish ($26).
The "mixed" plate was the way to go, allowing you to sample a range of meats on offer. The plate featured well-marinated cubes of chicken and lamb, and kofta, to be dunked in a red chilli sauce or yoghurt on the side of the plate. To round things off, there colourful salads of purple cabbage and greens not dressed in anything in particular, and a dome of white rice. It was fresh, filling and wholesome.
The service was… Friendly and efficient.
The vibe was... Pretty settled for a Saturday night - we were one of only two groups there.
If you go… Bring a good set of lungs - the acoustics are terrible and you will have to bellow to make conversation.
Try to avoid… Forgetting a bottle of vino - corkage was only $5.
Rating out of 5: 3