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Interior of  Mabels, with tables and chairs under yellow lighting and a wallpaper that is made of fabric.

Mabel’s

  • Location

    66 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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    Mabel’s

Mabel’s is a Burmese restaurant that will transport you to the heart of Myanmar with every spoonful of noodles and sip of broth. Head in for a meal with friends that will warm your belly and soul. While you’re there, take in the atmosphere of a restaurant that has been generations in the making.

Mabel — often known as Auntie — came to New Zealand in the 70s from Myanmar. She quickly made an impact on the community. Auntie was famous for her hospitality, opening her doors and filling the bellies of friends and strangers. Now, Mabel’s granddaughter, Marlar, has opened a restaurant in her honour. Mabel’s carries on the family tradition of feeding hungry Wellingtonians with authentic, comforting Burmese food.

A table teeming with colourful dishes at Mabel's, a Burmese restaurant in Te Aro, Wellington.

At Mabel’s, the menu reflects the Myanmar style of eating — tasty comfort food to enjoy and share with friends. While most plates are made for sharing, Marlar says there are some noodle dishes that you may want to keep for yourself. One of these is Mohinga, a fish and lemongrass rice noodle soup that comes with a moreish onion fritter to mix in.

Fresh salads are perfect for pairing with their curries and noodles, but don’t expect a plate of typical leafy greens. Laphet Thoke combines pickled tea leaves with crispy, zingy ingredients for a unique umami dish. Add on their traditional tohu — a nuttier version of tofu made from ground chickpeas — for a meal that’s authentically Burmese.

Mabel’s is in a brick building reminiscent of colonial Burma. Wellingtonians will recognise the Tory Street space from its (many) former lives. Its latest iteration is a transformation that feels homely and warm, more like a seat at the kitchen table than a stark modern eatery. Longyi (Burmese men’s sarongs) from Marlar’s uncle cover the walls, adding to the rich family history woven into the business’ origins.

The storefront of Mabel's, a Burmese restaurant in Te Aro, Wellington. It is a red-brick building with olive-green accents.