22 January 2015

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane

You know that thing parents where are encouraged to introduce their children to studying foreign languages are youngsters - their minds are like sponges, they aren't jaded by the pressures of the world and learning is fun. Well, brunch is the language I learnt as a young, fresh out of High School student skidding along the pavements of Wellington.

Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane
Brunch at Fidels with the lovely, just returned Jenna
I was young, I was poor and boy, was I impressionable. Luckily, and much to my parents relief it wasn't drink (even though I worked in a pub), drugs (the hardest thing us architecture students took was caffeine tablets to keep up all night to get the work done and attempt to get creative juices flowing) or the fire poi dancing I spasmodically did (on weekend evenings when I definitely should have been sleeping). 


Fidel's Cafe - Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane

It was however a growing appreciation for creamy Hollandaise neatly ladled over golden muffins, oozy beautiful poached eggs and prefectly crisped slivers of bacon. The Art Of Eggs Benedict.What is it about eggs Benedict, Sweetcorn Fritters and Bacon & Egg Pie that so captures the heart of antipodeans?

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane
Soho Brown's - a new to me cafe.
Is it the ability to rise a little later after a full evening out, and eat a luxurious meal with good friends? Is it the perfectly legitimate ability to drink pints of ice cold vitamin drinks or champagne? Could it be the sheer possibility of eadible joy - muesli? sure! pancakes with maple syrup? sure! hamburger? go for it! Or could it just be the enjoyment of lingering over a leisurely meal with loads of laughter at the previous evening's antics? I reckon it could also be the divine flat whites promising energy and flavour. I'm no expert, but I've certainly tried to work out the answer. Practise makes perfect after all!

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane
To the left, the kiwi classic Neenish Tart, to the right Ginger Crunch.
All I do know, is that walking through the streets of Wellington was literally walking a foodie road of memories. The infamous Fidels where we argued the finer points of architectural theory, insane art psychology and where to buy the best paint over Eggs Bene. Midnight Espresso where we spent many a late night, hunched over the best milkshakes trying to work out why our lives were just so random. Espressoholic who had hands down the best Ginger Slice in Wellington.

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane

Wellington is blessed with a plethora of delicious eateries - especially when you head up Cuba Street - just go hungry.

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane
Espressoholic
Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane
Midnight Espresso
And the best hangover/fire poi dancing cure? Satay Kingdom. Tucked down a tiny alley, it's a place where you think might give you 3 strains of salmonella but native Wellingtonians simply swear by it. It is impossible to get a weekday lunch there if you don't rock up super early or super late and weekend brunch hours can be even worse. Their Roti Chanai is simply out of this world.

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane


And a new, rather interesting addition - the Homies cosy teahouse. I'm only disappointed I didn't get to properly pop in...

Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane

And when all else fails? Bake your own & take them down to the waterfront on the glorious days of sunshine (where the wind mysteriously dies down) and enjoy the view. My favourites?


Where to eat brunch in Wellington or, Wellington cafes, a brunch fiend and flat whites - a delicious trip down memory lane

How could you ever say no?

13 comments :

  1. See? This is why brunch is the best meal of the day. Long live brunch! King of meals! x

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  2. I love your posts like this...my favourite post will alway be your ode to toast :)

    Lots of love,

    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  3. Ahhhh yummmm. Fredrik had his first eggs benedict this past trip to California and he is hooked!

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  4. It was new zealand that I well and truly fell in love with eggs benedict. I could eat it for every meal.

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  5. Urmmmm..what is fire poi? Please blog about that!

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  6. mmmm--those breakfast choices are making me hungry!

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  7. I seriously need to go to a restaurant with you this summer!!!

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  8. Everything looks absolutely AMAZING! I love that there's a chocolate fish in the coffee, New Zealand is the best! :)

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  9. I can't wait to blog all of Wellington's brunches!! You have made me a VERY hungry caterpillar this morning...

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  10. Mmm too much choice, too much oh so good looking food!

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  11. Oh my goodness everything looks divine! I'm headed to Sydney in June, and I'm thinking about taking a week over in NZ too (may as well right?!) - But I have NO idea where I should go! What region would you recommend, I have no idea where to start! :)

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  12. PS: Anzac biscuits are my faves! You can get them in Sainsburys (proper ones like the ones in Coles and Woolworths, too)!

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  13. Agh, sounds like brunches in NZ are the same as in Aus - heavenly! I miss my daily brunches and coffee dates so much, I can't wait to go back in March and make the most of it!

    C x
    Lux Life

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