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10 Dine Wellington stories to whet your appetite

June 14, 2022

This 1-14 August the city’s chefs are literally serving up Wellington On a Plate with Dine Wellington. Some chefs have been inspired by their own personal journeys, some have delved into stories from the city’s past, while others have been influenced by Wellington’s unique weather.  

Wondering where to start? Here are ten Dine Wellington stories to whet your appetite:

The Lemony Chick – Dragonfly

The team at Dragonfly pays homage to their father’s Chinese restaurant (which is still running today!) and reimagine his signature Lemon Chicken dish.

Chook Heist – Egmont St. Eatery

Egmont St. Eatery’s homage to the infamous chicken factory heist of 1924 which involved dynamite, no less!

Crayfish Pōneke – Boulcott Street Bistro

Boulcott Street Bistro’s Crayfish Pōneke reimagine’s John Plimmer’s favourite dish the ‘Beef Wellington’ with locally sourced seafood in a truly decadent dish.

The Flat White Project – Neo Café & Eatery

The Flat White Project at Neo Café & Eatery pays homage to the ubiquitous flat white, and a sweet take on coffee and cake served up in one dish!

The Food End Facing Up – The Thistle Inn

At The Thistle Inn, the team are celebrating William Couper who first poured rounds on the site back in the 1840s.  This porchetta dish is a nod to William and his wife, and the Italians who immigrated to Wellington during this time.

Shell'ter from the Storm – 1154 Pastaria

1154 Pastaria encourages us to take shelter from Wellington’s wild winds with their hot take on a classic prawn pasta dish, Shell’ter from the Storm. 

Windy City Soufflé – Capitol Restaurant

Capitol Restaurant brings Wellington’s temperamental climate to life with their Windy City Soufflé featuring kōura (crayfish).  

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Cinderella

The building that now houses Cinderella used to be a home to two butchers, Boyds Quality Butchers and McKnight Meats. Their dine dish pays respects to the classic cuts, with free range pork served nose to tail and brassicas cooked over embers. 

Coast to Coast - Wairarapa to Island Bay – Shed 5 Restaurant

Shed 5 takes us coast to coast with their celebration of local ingredients from Wairarapa to Island Bay. The octopus is sourced from the rugged waters off the East Coast and the flavours of this dish are inspired by generations of fishing families of Mediterranean descent; Greek and Italian, who settled in Island Bay.

Chaos on Canvas – The Botanist

Wellington is renowned for its cafe culture, and role as hubs for artists, writers and musicians, who would while the hours away late into the night. The Botanist has taken these cultural cures and translated art into a vegetarian friendly dish. 


There are more than 70 Dine Wellington dishes to explore across the wider Wellington region, you can check them out here