A lunch, a dinner and lots of fish

Friday was my birthday, and although it was grey and rainy and I had to go to work, it was a lovely day full of good food and wine.  For lunch, a colleague and I popped down to that well known Wellington institution, Ti Kouka.  It’s always busy there, but we were lucky to get a table.

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I opted for the smoked fish on rye, with the trimmings you can kind of see above.  The topping with the fish was almost like a coleslaw, and really tasty.  I had an apple juice with it, since it was lunch time and I still had half an afternoon of work to go!

IMG_4980Smoked fish on rye with lots of other good things

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My friend’s platter with Six Barrel Soda‘s raspberry & lemon

In the evening, Karl and I went to Shed 5, which until recently was owned by Simon Gault.  It was really hard to decide what to have, but in the end I opted for one of the fish of the day, in this case tuna, served with squid ink spaghetti, diamond shell clams, crispy baby octopus and a preserved lemon and vermouth cream.  The tuna was cooked to perfection, the clams were sweet, the baby octopus full of flavour in its crispy coating and the sauce was a perfect lemony mix.  Karl opted for the fish and chips, which he said was also excellent.  As for wine, we both had a couple of glasses of Palliser Estate Pinot Gris.

IMG_4984My birthday dinner

We didn’t have a starter (I was tempted to have oysters and as usual regret not doing so), though did munch on some lovely warm bread served with Pukara caramelized balsamic vinegar and/or Pukara extra virgin olive oil to dip and a white truffle mushroom mascarpone to spread.

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A glass of wine and my glasses case

All in all, an excellent foodie day, topped off with some fizz at home, lying about on the sofa with a boxed set.  Today, Saturday, the sun has come out again, and tonight sees the final of the Super Rugby, with The Hurricanes playing The Highlanders from Dunedin.  The game is naturally sold out, and the pubs will be heaving, so think we’ll catch some of the match from the comfort of our own sofa.

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