Award-winning laneway dining: Egmont Street Eatery

Tucked away down a magical little side street between Ghuznee and Dixon is a hidden culinary gem that's worth seeking out

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Where

Cuba precinct

Location

11 Egmont Street
Wellington CBD

Contact

+64 4 385 6671

Egmont Street Eatery certainly knows how to make an entrance, opening in 2015 and winning the coveted top spot in the Burger Wellington competition that same year.

Having got our attention, it proceeded to establish itself as one of the city’s finest dining establishments. Over time, it’s subtly refined its approach while continuing to serve excellent food and earn accolades.

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Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, it focuses on big flavours, sustainably sourced local ingredients and zero waste. Seasonality is important, so the menu is constantly changing, but you’ll always be able to order the wildly popular housemade stracciatella cheese, served with sourdough and rotating toppings.  

The wine list has a smattering of global options but largely focuses on Martinborough – all part of the restaurant’s support-local philosophy.

The staff might be among the hardest-working people in Wellington: they forage for ingredients every day, butcher their own lamb and fish, cure their own meats, and bake all their bread and sweet treats on-site (the doughnuts have become the stuff of legend, and get snapped up by hungry fans every weekend).  

The restaurant also deserves a special salute on behalf of the city’s gluten-free diners. While many places are content to offer one or two token options, Egmont Street Eatery runs an entire gluten-free menu alongside its main one at all times.

 

But enough about the food and drink. Let’s talk about the restaurant itself, which has to be one of Wellington’s most distinctive spots. Egmont Street is a picturesque little laneway that runs between Ghuznee Street and Dixon Street, easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. It’s home to a handful of charming little businesses and some interesting architecture – look up to see the one-of-a-kind “Skybox” apartment by Melling Architects.

Egmont Street Eatery is built into the bottom of a former industrial car park, so it’s partly sunken below ground level, something you don’t see often in New Zealand. Inside, the fit-out is slick, clean and modern, with artwork dominating one feature wall.

Subterranean life not for you? You can sit outside and enjoy a touch of greenery in the central city, thanks to the plant wall across from the restaurant. At night-time, fairy lights illuminate the laneway and you can feel the buzz emanating from Courtenay Place. It’s a reminder that even in this magical little side street, you’re right in the centre of the action.

Egmont Street Eatery restaurant interior with diners

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