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There's always something new to try in Wellington with new eateries and bars regularly opening up. Here are some of the most recent and recommended.
Just down the road from Loretta, Everyday Wine is the place to head for a bottle to take along to dinner, a gift for a friend or a treat for yourself on the way home from work. Cuba Street’s first specialty wine store, Everyday Wine want to make natural and organic wines an everyday thing. Forget the idea that natural wine isn’t for you as Everyday Wines stocks natural wine across the taste spectrum from wild to refined.
Noodle house turned burger joint, Chicken Karaage is the new iteration of The Ramen Shop on Victoria Street. Serving Japanese-inspired burgers and delicious fried accompaniments - the free-range fried chicken burgers are a must-try and or go for the plant-based cauliflower patty. The small and focused menu means that food comes out quickly - perfect for a quick - and delicious - bite to eat.
With a fresh new makeover, new furniture and the addition of ‘san’ to its name, Hataitai eatery Bambuchi is entering a new phase. And that phase is Japanese. Expect delicious small plates that are perfect for sharing with Japanese favourites like gyoza, sushi and yakitori and a drinks menu that features sake along with wine and craft beer. Bambuchi San will retain its focus on catering for dietary requirements – their must-try dish of tempura avocado is coated with deliciously crispy gluten-free batter.
The Puffin focuses on minimal intervention and organic wines, along with a few beers, cocktails and spirits. Everything has its place in this secluded and inviting bar, located at the bottom of a boutique hotel on Ghuznee Street. The food is simple, delicious, designed to share, eat with your hands and mop up with some bread.
El Culo Del Mundo is the newest eatery to find its home on the corner of Marjoribanks and Roxburgh Street. Try their selection of tacos, tortillas and other delicious bites made with ethically sourced ingredients, and a delightful list of Latin-influenced cocktails and beverages.
Make a beeline for the neon flamingo in the window of the new PWC building on Wellington's waterfront and you'll find yourself at Flamingo Joe's. This vibrant bar and eatery prides itself on its colourful eclectic interior, custom cocktail list, and enviable selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.
Just like its namesake, this new craft beer, cocktail and tequila bar might look unsuspecting from the outside, but it's big on attitude. Featuring close to 30 types of tequila, a big selection of vege and meat-laden 'Gorilla Burgers', and plenty of neon kitsch, there's a good chance this will become your new favourite watering hole.
You’ll find the bright-eyed baby sister café to Seashore Cabaret tucked down a side street in the industrial suburb of Seaview. This little jewel in the rough offers a selection of delicious homemade counter food, retro charm, great service and Good Fortune Coffee.
For classic burgers customised to your dietary and multi-patty needs head to Rogue Burger on The Terrace. With housemade pickle and sauces, and a hearty assortment of sides, this new eatery from the team at Egmont Street Eatery will become your new lunch-rush destination.
Wellington’s newest Asian fusion restaurant is making waves with its delicious Japanese and Korean influenced fare. With its paired back interior and tasty dishes, this is fast becoming a popular spot for a quick workday lunch or a leisurely dinner with friends. Try the slow-cooked pork spare ribs on kimchi fried rice.