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By Heather• 29 Jun 2015
Soul food – defined by most as from the African-American culture, but described by Laura Greenfield as simple tried-and-true food, made with high quality ingredients executed properly, and that makes you happy.
Laura has come from London to create the Field & Green European soul food eatery in the former Big Bad Wolf premises on Wakefield Street, and bring a touch of soul into our lives (much needed after a sobering visit to the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa I discovered).
The menu changes weekly to take advantage of the freshest ingredients. Although many dishes have interesting twists, they still somehow feel like good old favourites – potted salmon, sweet and sour cucumbers and melba toast (salmon and cucumber sandwiches); Bostock organic chicken broth, with winter vegetables and herb dumplings (chicken and dumpling soup); Croque Monsieur beignets with roast tomato relish (ham and cheese toasties).
Laura and her team like to make many things in-house (bakery, bread, ice creams, dressings) and use the best of ingredients from Zany Zeus organic milk to Italian Parmesan, Wholesome free-range eggs or luscious golden raisins from California.
So after Te Papa (if you haven’t been, you really really should go, but do it outside of school hours), I started with warm house-made sourdough, progressed to the Croque Monsieur beignets, and finished with a scoop of the house rum and raisin ice cream.
The warm sourdough was both crusty and soft where it should be, and had very pleasant sour back notes. The beignets were light and crispy on the outside, gooey and Gruyerey on the inside and encased flavourful cubes of champagne ham, accompanied by a thick tasty house-made roast tomato relish.
And the ice cream. OMG I’m still thinking about it (and eternally grateful I wasn’t driving immediately after).
Large plump soaked-to-explosion golden raisins, mixed into a creamy rummy base, served in a frosted glass – a smart touch – and boozily beautiful.
The staff were friendly and informative, the environment simple and peaceful, the drinks inclusive of many locals (Parrot Dog, Six Barrel, Panhead, Lighthouse gin), you can eat at the kitchen bar if you fancy. I thought the prices very good for the quality delivered.
Currently Tuesday to Sunday daytimes, but watch out for Friday and Saturday evenings in the not-too-distant future.
Welcome to Wellington Laura!