What Vegans eat in Wellington
my favorite spots in New Zealand’s capital city
When we go out to eat, we eat well.
Here’s a vegan’s guide to tasting the best Welly cuisine.
When you want to brunch, go to:
Midnight Espresso for the banana berry french toast, vegan hash stack with toast, mushrooms, and spinach, or dive into the nachos. You’ll end up licking your fingers clean, and leave imagining your next visit. The great thing about this spot is that they’re open until 2-3am and serve up the best chocolate cake in town.
The Best French Toast in town – Midnight Espresso
Vegan Hash Stack – Midnight Espresso
Avocado, hummus, olives,jalapeños, what more could you want – Midnight Espresso
For the best burger:
Hands down without a doubt the best burger to hit my lips is called the Mum served up from an old bus restored into a burger-flipping kitchen named Ekim. They have at least 5 veggie burgers, but every time I order the falafel patty topped with hummus, jalepaño salsa, mustard, l, t,o, and sautéed mushrooms. That plus chili salsa covered hand-cut fries you leave stupidly full and happy.
The MUM burger – Ekim
Ekim Burger Board
Another burger worth mentioning is from The Chippery. A favorite fish and chip shop that makes a quinoa-based burger with chipotle seasoning, beetroot relish, guac, lettuce, tomato, and onion served up with your choice of hand-cut, crinkle, kumara, beer-battered, or curly chips. Hardest decision every time.
Best meal in a box – The Chippery
My forever favorite, Italian food:
One day we discovered a local Italian restaurant [Cin Cin] made their own vegan cheese and it didn’t take long for us to visit. A bottle of Prosecco, complimentary bruschetta, and then these incredible za’s landed in front of us. Still unsure of what the lovely chef [who visits our table to refill our tiny glasses of their homemade limoncello] uses for his vegan cheese, we often return for what I think might be the best vegan pizza I’ve ever tasted.
Bruschetta – Cin Cin
Wood-fired Vegan Za – Cin Cin
Just next door with a secret garden-patio full of living, overgrown plants and tea lights to set the mood is Olive and my favorite spot for a late night bourbon. Although their quaint menu is full of fish, lamb, and cheese, they always offer a veg/vegan dish. We first tried their baked mozzarella cheese [made from tapioca flour and cashews] at Cuba Dupa Street Fest.
Baked Mozzarella, tomato, basil, onion salad – Olive
Last night Ryan and I stopped in for a drink in the garden and ended up with a meal. Under the mains listed a vegan lasagna with baked rice crisps layered with roasted heirloom tomatoes, baked mozz on the side, sitting in a basil bechamel. We may have decided to return within the week as their seasonal menu is about to change.
The Vegan Lasagne – Olive
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Best Asian Eats:
Known as the number one vegan spot in Welly, Aunty Mena’s serves up a mix of everyone’s favorite Asian dishes. From dumplings to curries, noodle choices, and many mock “meat” options that are actually mouthwatering. But don’t skip the place next door. This Chinese kitchen known as Rams does the best dumplings in town. And better yet, served up in chili oil. At lunch for $9.90 you can tackle a bowl of 15 chili oil dumplings [it’s hard not to sip every last drop of the cilantro/coriander, garlic, onion, chili deliciousness].
Nasi Campur & Veggie Soup – Aunty Mena’s
The best dumplings in town – Rams
And last but not least, Mexican, a food group I can’t live without:
Unfortunately this city lacks authentic latino cuisine. It’s usually overpriced, given in small servings, and not near enough flavor, but I have found a spot or two. Viva Mexico offers authentic mex meals and their fridge is full of Mexican soda, beers, and margarita pitchers made on order. It’s more than I’m used to paying, the enchilada dish will leave you full and satisfied.
Enchiladas & Tacos – Viva Mexico
Also Tuesday’s are $2 taco night at Rogue & Vagabond. A beer bar with a massive grassy outside to lounge on when the sun is shining. Order the veggie minus the cheese on soft or crispy shells.
Markets worth checking out:
Supermarket produce can cost you during certain times of the year. Peppers/capsicums cost almost $3 for one and an avocado will set you back $4, but if you head to the waterfront you can find all your produce at minimal cost. Rows and rows of fruit, veg, herbs, and more are spread across a massive parking lot with a food truck lane nearby. Make sure to inspect the food before buying, bring cash and you’ll save heaps and go home with more. Or head to Victoria St for more selection and check your neighborhood for a local farmer’s market.
Waterfront Market – Sundays from 7am-3pm
And there you have it. The best vegan eats in Welly. Writing this post is making my belly rumble and my burger order from the Chippery is almost ready. Happy healthy eating!