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Weird & Wonderful WOAP

July 31, 2019

This year’s Visa Wellington On a Plate festival theme, Feast Your Senses, explores the full sensory experience of taste, sight, smell, touch and sound, basically giving eateries and bars carte blanche to get weirdly and wonderfully creative in a bit of a crazy way with their Festival dishes, burgers, cocktails and events. 

Check out these off piste Visa Wellington On a Plate selections that will boggle your tastebuds with the unpredictable, entertaining, sometimes challenging, but always delicious.

Dine Wellington festival dishes (available 1-16 August) 

Coco at the Roxy - Pāua sausage, gingered carrot, radish, soy and citrus from our friends at the Miramar Fruit Shop.

Grace Patisserie - Whittaker’s white chocolate coconut mousse, passionfruit curd, mango banana mint coulis served with Zany Zeus lemon creme fraiche, hazelnut dacquoise and kataifi.

Husk - Light after Darkness - Black meringue made with Capital free-range eggs and Ōtaki carrots five ways - carrot purée, carrot ginger sponge, carrot cremeux, pickled carrot and carrot beurre noisette powder.

Ombra - Toast on Spaghetti - Bongusto pasta, tomato, Woody’s Free Range Pork guanciale, house made bread and Lot Eight olive oil.

Portlander - Eat in the Dark in the Light - Eat in the Dark in the Light Harrington’s black pudding, Kawakawa and miso braised beef cheek, black carrots and onion, Parkvale mushroom mousse and gills, black garlic, Jerez vinegar gel.

Spring Kitchen - Dashi made with venison bones, topped with venison, Scorching Bay kombu caviar, fizzy essence and a popping nori leather.


The Botanist (above) - Vegan lamb rack with purple creamed potato, aubergine crisps, Kāpiti-grown carrot puree, rosemary popcorn, jus and chocolate mint.

Burger Wellington presented by Garage Project (available 17-31 August)

The Library - Do you Like Green Eggs and Ham - Carello del Gelato ham and maple chocolate dipped ice cream patty with white chocolate egg and raspberry ketchup in a Sixes and Sevens doughnut bun.

Fork & Brewer - The Yo’ Bro - A rolled oat, prime New Zealand beef patty with French brie, yoghurt sauce, lettuce, sweet caramelised onions and dill pickles in a sourdough bun, topped with a tangy glaze and crunchy cornflakes, with waffle fries and Belgian ale-infused, cherry popping candy aioli.

Bebemos - Burg of Tricks - Spiced ground turkey with a double cheese 'egg', beetroot bacon, crispy potato sticks, pickles, fried green tomato, rainbow corn and tarragon aioli in a potato bun, with sweet potato popcorn and mayo. 

Parrotdog - Smoked Eel Burger - Tempura smoked eel patty with pickled vegetables, dry ginger, wasabi pearls and dashi mayo on a squid ink bun, with lotus root crisps.

Goldie Milkbar and Eatery - The Bruce Lee Bao - Har Gao tiger prawn patty with papaya salad, cherry tomatoes and hotpot flavour salted duck yolk ‘hollandaise’ sauce in a hemp seed, pumpkin coloured Chinese mantou bao, with lotus root chip fries.


Hippopotamus - Bourgeois Burger High Tea (above) - Burger High Tea including Zelati’s cookie s'mores; wagyu, truffle aioli and onion slider and Woody’s free-range pork cheek, Granny Smith and candied bacon slider and more.

Baobab - Don’t Know Jack -  Pulled jackfruit patty with beetroot hummus, spicy date and tamarind chutney, pea and coconut purée and red cabbage slaw in a beetroot bun, with handcut agria wedges.

Cafe Medici - Prawn Underbelly - King prawn toast with caramelised pork belly, Asian pickles, housemade sweet chilli dressing in a sesame and buttermilk bun with toffee crackling and Sichuan pepper fries.

Cocktail Wellington (available all August) 

The Aborist Rooftop Bar & Eatery - Shrimply the Best - A Gin Gimlet, combining Martinborough's Lighthouse Gin, lime, coriander and rocket syrup with an activated charcoal, lime and chilli rim, accompanied by three baby tostadas, with shrimp, avocado and tomato salsa, Shoots NZ micro coriander, Angel Hair chilli, activated charcoal dust and lime.

Wilson Barbecue @Pop - Bloodless Mary - Homemade tomato water with citrus Vodka, basil oil, horseradish, chilli oil and celery salt and pepper, accompanied by a smoked pastrami, gruyère cheese, mozzerella, pickle and spicy mayo toastie.

The Library - One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Reid + Reid Gin, white chocolate liqueur, Lillet Blanc and Dr. Seuss Magical Tincture, served with lemony Yink Ink, accompanied by a fishing rod canapé of Whittaker's chocolate fish and Caffe L'Affare espresso brownie. Non-alcoholic option brought to you by Seedlip.

Crumpet - Cirque de Sens - Reid + Reid Gin and Crumpet's own grapefruit soda, topped with a horopito foam, popping candy and a kawakawa tincture spritz, accompanied by honeycomb and mānuka popcorn.


Burger Liquor - Hard Lemonade Snow Cone (above) - Frozen hard lemonade made of Kāpiti lemons, Vodka, Koakoa Limoncello with raspberry and blueberry syrups, accompanied by candy floss and a Sweet Release miniature doughnut.

Coene’s Daiquiri - Follow the sensory story and let your beach brain find the Daquiri cocktail that best matches your flavour profile. Served with a housemade Daiquiri sorbet in a miniature honeycomb cone.

Visa WOAP Events (check link for dates!)

It Ain’t What It Seems - Dessert lovers this will truly challenge your perception and senses. Carrello del Gelato, in conjunction with The Library, presents a four-course Italian degustation dinner with a twist! Each course is a dessert with matching cocktail styled to resemble a course in an Italian degustation dinner. You’ll also experience a masterclass in which the secrets behind each creation are revealed...


No Way Crochet - Crochet meets cuisine when Aussie Instagram sensation, Chili Philly (@chiliphilly) a.k.a. Phil Ferguson, brings his crocheted catalogue of culinary-inspired headwear and outfits to Wellington. From sushi to cereal, pavs to pizzas, tacos to teabags and a meat dress that’ll have Gaga swapping her carnivore couture for crochet creation. This avant-garde FREE foodie fashion is a showcase of Chili Philly’s crafty masterpieces in a festival exhibition at Te Auaha, including a specially commissioned Visa Welly On a Plate piece.  

The Wonder Wall - Take a chance with a Lucky Dip, dive in Head First, get Hands On and open the Magic Box. This exclusive and immersive experience invites twenty people to a private dining space for a totally interactive and original evening of great food and great fun. A four-course entrée, main and four-course dessert all matched with wine awaits those willing to open their senses.

WIN a crazy Visa WOAP prize pack!

To celebrate the official start of Visa WOAP 2019, we're giving away this crazy prize pack with four Dine Welly, Burger Welly and Cocktail Welly vouchers from Boulcott Street Bistro, El Culo del Mundo, Parrotdog and the Shady Lady.

Fill in the form below to enter! Winner drawn Saturday 3 Aug!!!