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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Crabshack, Wellington - Big Welly Buffalo 6.5/10

The Big Welly buffalo burger, 300g pattie w beetroot, chipotle slaw, smoked provolone cheese & tomato - $26

 I had heard good things about the Crabshack on Queens Wharf, which offers a priced down version of fine cooking.  It is attached to Shed Five, which is the high priced half of the duo - commonly referred to as fine dining.  Factor in a focus on seafood = even more pricey.

However, its not often that one can afford to go to a "celebrity" chef's establishment.  And Simon Gault is definitely in the "celebrity" category in New Zealand.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Portlander, Wellington - Bullfighter, 8/10

Free range Wakanui beef pattie in a bun with lettuce, caramelised onion and gruyere cheese - $12

Read a review in the Sunday Star Times, which noted that Portlander had a burger range on their menu. Finding a restaurant that had more than one burger on their menu was rare. It almost made them a bona fide burger joint. We (Brad and I) had to go check it out. Here is what we found!!

The Portlander has a really good feel about it.  Not too stuffy but still with a bit of class about it.  You wouldn't know you were in a hotel restaurant. Which is good if you want to feel comfortable just dropping in (without actually staying there or visiting someone who was staying there).