Review: Cafe Pasha, Dixon St, Wellington

Turkish platter at Cafe Pasha in Dixon St, Wellington
Britt Mann/Fairfax NZ

Turkish platter at Cafe Pasha in 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.

Mixed shish plate at Cafe Pasha in Dixon St, Wellington
Britt Mann/Fairfax NZ

Mixed shish plate at Cafe Pasha in Dixon St, Wellington

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

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