Yeah! It’s Wellington on a Plate! The annual food festival has all sort of things for all pallets and tastes. Dine Wellington sees local restaurants come up with dishes based on local ingredients and special menus, 127 Festival Events which feature all sorts of things from historical dining experiences to pop up wine bars. Oh and I forgot Burger Wellington, a competition to find the best burger in town and the best burger paired with Garage Project beer. It isn’t just about fine dining – there is even a food truck rally and some local food trucks, such as Beat Kitchen, are also participating in Burger Wellington.
Food Truck Rally on its way
I hope we get to a few things, but you know how it is – time, money, a strong need for an evening at home. At least on Tuesday we were able to get along to Annam on Featherstone Street in town for a bit of Dine Wellington. The Wellington on a Plate menu here for dinner was a three course offering with a glass of wine for NZ$45.
Annam on a sunny day
To start with, we ate ‘Cha Gio: Randwick Meats crispy ground pork and glass noodle spring rolls with tangy dipping sauce’. These were good and tasty, with a dipping sauce that was thankfully not so full of chilli that you needed a pint of water. In fact, it had just the right amount of tang. Next up, all three of us opted for the ‘Ca Ri Vat: Yan’s duck curry with bamboo shoots, Capital Produce green beans, pineapple and cherry tomatoes’. This was a lovely coconut based curry dish, with crispy duck, surprising chunks of pineapple and, again, full of flavour. Our out of town guest was impressed.
Shockingly bad picture of a very tasty dish
Unfortunately, the desert was not quite so good, in part due to me not being a meringue fan rather than it being a bad desert. The fruit part of the berry and passionfruit meringue was good, however. To drink, my companions opted for the Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Gris 2015 and I had The Edge Pinot Noir 2014, both of which we enjoyed. I would like to know, though, why Robert Burns was in the basement of the restaurant.
Verdict: good start to Wellington on a Plate. Hope we enjoy some more.
Front cover picture: Wellington winter on Wednesday.