Logan Brown, Wellington, New Zealand
First, apologies for my absence. I’ve been so busy at work, have been off here and there (including New Zealand) and have some other news which I’ll get to a bit later. But first, Logan Brown in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand.
I was over in Welly for the annual conference of my Kiwi work equivalents. My second year attending, this year I made sure that I had some extra time to go exploring this cool capital. I arrived on Friday evening, checked into my hotel and settled in for the Royal Wedding. Saturday, I set off exploring, hitting the Te Papa Museum, which included a spectacular exhibition of photography by Brian Brake. I ate a light lunch at Floridita’s, a well known and very popular cafe. I was lucky enough to his Floridita’s twice. Once for this light lunch and once for a DELICIOUS breakfast. Well worth a visit. For lunch I had this simple, and perfectly portioned linguine with lemon, artichoke and chilli, and the yummiest locally brewed ginger beer
On my final evening in Wellington, I was lucky enough to visit the renowned Logan Brown. This restaurant has won a gazillion awards over a few years and they’re all well deserved. We popped in for an early dinner (we had just finished up the conference and were all flying out at various civilised and not so civilised hours the next day) and got to try out their unbelievably good value “Bistro Menu”
To enjoy the Bistro Menu you have to book, and then be out by 7:30pm, there doesn’t appear to be the same restrictions on lunch. It’s available for lunch and dinner 7 days, at the grand total of NZ$39.50. This is about at today’s rate, AU$29.50 for a three course meal. STUPID.
The set menu changes frequently, and gives you a choice of two dishes per course, and all dietary requirements are treated with respect and good humour.
On this evening, for entree we had a choice of: Grilled haloumi with tomato bruschetta, chorizo & rocket or Spiced chickpea veloute with crispy lamb shoulder and harissa oil. Apologies for the dark pics. It was dark. I chose the veloute with the lamb as it was a chilly night and the perfect way to warm up.
We then moved onto mains: Pan roasted Tarakihi with calamari bhaji orange, I had the fish which was so fresh it was practically jumping!
Or watercress or braised pork belly with sage gnocchi, sweet and sour cabbage and caramelised apples:
We were pretty damn happy at this point. The service was impeccable, the ambience great, and the food and company wonderful.
Can you see why I was so excited about my $29.50 dinner??? Amazing.
Dessert, I wanted both, but could only have one….Poached tamarillos with warmed gingerbread and limoncello marscapone or, what I chose which was the Feijoa donuts with vanilla parfait and soft cream.
These donuts were HOT, and there was two filled with deliciously hot Feijoa pulpy jam, and one non filled donut. God it was good. Totally could’ve eaten it all over again.
This little jaunt across the ditch may be last for a while, and the lapse of blog posts, has been caused by the lovely news that my partner and I are having a baby. So I apologise in advance for future intermittent blogging, while I get busy at work, help organise the 2011 Australian Foodbloggers’ Conference and grow a baby.
192 Cuba St,
Wellington, New Zealand
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