There are many nice casual lunch places in town. What we don’t seem to have though is an abundance of nice casual lunch places on the Waterfront.
We need more places like Kaffee Eis, and Fiesta.
Fiesta has a small and reasonably priced range of burgers, hot dogs, and nachos; not your greasy spoon variants but quality versions you’re not going to feel too guilty eating while all the fitness freaks jog by.
We had a lovely venison burger which was very filling, if a little slow to arrive.
For drinks they have the usual coffee (Celcius) and yer Phoenix; but we went for the Raspberry & Pear smoothies:
Between those and the burgers, we were pretty much full. And, we’d gotten in a sunny lunch on the Waterfront.
Fiesta: Waterfront, below Frank Kitts Park
Wellington in general is a bit lacking in nice places to eat or drink outside. I know the weather has a bad rep, but on a day like today…
I can think of a few places, the places you mention, St Johns, Beach Babylon, the Bach, Scorch-o-rama, and errrr. There must be some more? Sitting outside the bars on Courtenay Place doesn’t really count.
I guess I was looking for somewhere that was 1) close to the water; 2) away from the damned roads; and 3) close to the CBD where I work. There’s not many places like that.
But yes, generally some more outdoor eating spots would be great.
i used to be fond of grabbing something from mojo and sitting around from there
What about The Parade now on the tug boat? Had a quick look at the menu but didn’t eat there; it gave me the vibe that the food was a tad on the expensive side and not sure whether the service or the quality justified this … anyone had a munch there?
I went there on a ridiculously sunny weekend for lunch, which was a mistake. The place was packed full of young families and quite noisy due to the lack of noise-absorbing surfaces. In fact, it was so full that I couldn’t find anywhere to sit and ended up being seated by myself in an empty room being saved for a group reservation. It was a really odd experience.
My scrambled eggs and coffee were pretty good, however, and I’d consider returning at a quieter time.
But, yeah, definitely avoid on sunny weekends at noon.
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