WLG – Wellington pop up restaurant

Posted on | November 22, 2011 | 11 Comments

WLG

Have you heard about the Wellington pop up restaurant? In Melbourne for two weeks only, it’s a little taste of Wellington, New Zealand, in the form of a three course meal. As soon as the tickets were released, I pounced on them and booked a table. Why was I so keen? Well, as long time readers of this blog will know, Alastair, Bro and I all grew up in Wellington. Yes, I am a kiwi (ex-kiwi?) and I still have a soft spot for my old hometown.

Wellington

See – isn’t it pretty? This was taken a couple of years ago when we were back there for a friend’s wedding.

Posters

But back to the pop up restaurant, which we visited last Saturday with Thanh, I-Hua and Aaron. They’ve taken over the bar Rue de Fleurus on Gertrude Street, and have transformed the place into a small corner of NZ, with NZ products, pamplets, and even a buzzy bee. All the wait staff and chefs are also from NZ, as well as coffee, wine, beer and most of the produce.

Drinks

Cocktails, beer, and glasses of wine are $7, and bottles of wine are $30. And did I mention that the cost of the food is $35 for three courses, including coffee and chocolates? Great value.

Tasting plate

We started with a shared tasting plate, that came with spiced olives, manuka salt cured lamb shortloin with beetroot, walnut and white balsamic salsa, grilled Marlborough scallops on celeriac puree, fried goat’s cheese balls with manuka honey and kiwi chutney, maple syrup smoked Regal king salmon with horseradish crème fraiche and tiny capers and pig’s cheek “schnitzel” with roast lemon chutney, cornichons and cress. Phew.

I loved, loved, loved the spiced olives, the pig’s cheek “schnitzel” which was like a croquette really, as well as the grilled scallops.

Lamb

For mains, there were several choices.

Alastair and Bro both had the dukkah-crusted lamb rack and wilted mixed greens with a thyme and garlic braising liquor. It also came with a braised lamb shoulder timbale (hiding at the back), which we joked was like a dimmie. Jokes aside, this was a fantastic dish – the lamb was beautifully cooked and very tender and flavoursome.

Venison

If the lamb came with a dimmie, then my main was like a big chiko roll. :) I had the venison, which was wrapped in Tunisian brik pastry and served with crumbed veal sweetbreads, broad beans, peas and pancetta. Aside from the EVIL peas, I thought this dish was great, really enjoying the vension wrapped in the crispy pastry, though it was almost on the side of being too salty. The sweetbreads were perfect though.

Chocolate pave

And finally, for dessert there were two choices.

Everyone loved the dark chocolate pavi with fresh raspberries, manuka honey cream and damson plum coulis. I had a little taste – it was super dark and super rich.

Panna cotta

My choice was the licoricello panna cotta with vodka lime parfait and pistachio wafer. I really enjoyed it, the panna cotta was soft and silky. It was creamy had a faint aniseed flavour. I also loved the crunchy pistachio wafer, which was like honeycomb or a brandy snap.

WLG

After all that food, we finished with coffee and chocolates before regretfully heading back into Melbourne.

All the tickets are sold out, but they are accepting a limited number of walk ins each day so go early and try your luck if you’re interested. Or you could just go visit Wellington, right? As the posters on the wall say, it’s only a ~3 hour flight. Now if only Air New Zealand would schedule those flights at better times…

Check out my Wellington category for more Welly posts.

And for more on the pop up restaurant, see:

  • Iron Chef Shellie
  • Melb: Hot or Not
  • Epicureaddict
  • Poppet’s window
  • We dare food

  • Wlg pop up restaurant
    153 Gertrude Street
    Fitzroy
    Open: Tuesday 15 Nov to Sunday 27 Nov 2011, 6pm until late. Closed Mondays.
    Web: What is wlg

    Comments

    11 Responses to “WLG – Wellington pop up restaurant”

    1. Hannah
      November 22nd, 2011 @ 10:46 am

      That dessert makes my heart beat faster with excitement. And simultaneously long for the licorice and pistachio gelati I had in Italy.

      Mope.

      P.S. Were you in still in Wellington 12 years ago? I bet we totally met during my band tour, but just haven’t realised this yet.
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      Agnes Reply:

      Yes I was in Welly 12 years ago, but I’m pretty sure we never met. I would’ve been way too cool to check your band. ;)

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      Hannah Reply:

      Oh hey, I wasn’t with the band. I was even cooler. I was the 12 year old singing a solo of Gus The Theatre Cat. Oh yeah. It was straight from that to crack.
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    2. Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne
      November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

      That is so cool! Never been to NZ myself, but my parents got together in Auckland so maybe (in a hopefully less creepy way than this sounds) I’ve got a bit of it in me too haha ;)
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      Agnes Reply:

      Hahaha, that does sound a bit creepy. ;) You should definitely go for a visit (not to Auckland though) – it’s a beautiful country.

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    3. msihua
      November 22nd, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

      Look at you Miss prompt! Are you turning into me? Lol
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      Agnes Reply:

      ZOMG WE’RE BECOMING THE SAME PERSON. *cue hysterical screaming*

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    4. Iron Chef Shellie
      November 23rd, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      Ahhhhh deliciousness all over again! I was so tempted to get the venison… perhaps if I lick my screen? :P
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      Agnes Reply:

      The venison was great! Tho I think the lamb was the better dish.

      There should be more things like this – so much fun!

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    5. Thanh
      November 24th, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

      I would have never guessed you were a kiwi. You seem so normal :-)

      Excellent meal for both food and value. Thank you thank you for getting the tickets.

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      Agnes Reply:

      Haha, I know I keep the weirdness to myself fairly well :D

      Bloggers untie!

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