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It seems there's always a new eatery or bar that's just opened up in Wellington. Here are some of the most recent and recommended.
From the owners of iconic eatery Nikau, Rita occupies a quaint cottage in historic Aro Valley. The pint-sized restaurant offers a set menu of simple, home-style food so you can spend less time agonising over the menu and more time enjoying the exquisite food. Heather from Word on the Street rated Rita's relaxed and friendly vibe in her review.
In a suburb better known for its classic Kiwi bakeries specialising in pies and lamingtons, Kilbirnie has become the place to go for exquisite and Instagrammable patisserie. Sugar Flour opened a few months ago and has been creating a stir on social media and selling out of baked goods before closing time.
Serving up oceanic eats and drinks in a vibrant Hawaiian-styled environment, Lulu is your tropical island escape this winter. We rate Lulu's on-trend poke bowl as among the best in town and you can order a banging burger from the next door Boom Burger and have it delivered to you at the bar. Boom.
Seasonal cocktails are now a thing. Headed by mixologist Laura Walker, Forresters Lane presents a weekly changing menu of cocktails based on seasonal fresh produce and in-house preserves: this winter think kumara, tamarillos and preserved summertime peaches. Go sip and be seasonally swooned.
Two notable Wellington eating establishments are now together under one roof at Bellamy’s at the Beehive with Cuba St’s purveyors of fine dining, Logan Brown, now at the helm of NZ Parliament’s restaurant. Previously for exclusive parliamentarian use only, Bellamy’s at the Beehive is now open to everyone who makes a booking.
Whistling Sisters’ flagship brewery, restaurant and bar – known as The Fermentery - is a hive of invention and tinkering, with house-brewed beers expertly matched to their tasty menu (which, of course, features plenty of delicious fermented foods).
With a quirky vibe inspired by French cinema, Le Samourai is a cosy bar and eatery with an impeccable selection of French fare, spirits and wine. Open all day, this spot serves fresh parties for breakfasts through to late-night nibbles and meals to accompany cocktails. Read Georgia's review on Word on the Street for more intel on the wine and cheese menu.
New to Wellington's thriving brewpub scene, Heyday Beer Co has quickly become a local favourite. The bar pours its house-brewed beers as well as guest taps from top breweries, alongside a Cajun-inspired menu. Check out our Word on the Street review of Heyday for more info.
The newest restaurant from the team behind much-loved eateries The Ramen Shop and Hillside Kitchen, Tinakori Bistro evokes a European mood, serving French fare made with top local ingredients. The sirloin with dripping fries and café de Paris butter comes highly recommended by Heather from Word on the Street - read her full review here.
Wellingtonians were heartbroken when local icon Matterhorn closed its doors, but chef and owner Sean Marshall has turned his hand to Monte Cervino. This new eatery on Tory Street serves dishes with a casual and playful Italian bent - check out our Word on the Street blog for a review of Monte Cervino.