It has begun! Wellington on a Plate 2021. As the evenings get lighter, WOAP gives us all the opportunity to enjoy Wellington to the fullest with each delicious food adventure. Here are our top picks to try this WOAP season.

Capitol Restaurant

Always vibrant and warm, Capital is a family-run restaurant that serves delicious local food with a strong focus on seafood and local, seasonal ingredients.

Adding a bit of history to their festival dish, Capitol explores the merging of Pakeha and Maori gastronomy with the humble meat pie and the not-so-humble Bluff oyster. It looks amazing.

Festival Dish: Awatoru wild venison and Bluff oyster housemade pastry-top pie with puréed kumara and watercress. Available 1st August – 15th August 2021.


Location: 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria


A favourite for many, Apachè is known for putting a modern spin on popular Northern Vietnamese street food, with a touch of French influence.

This year for WOAP, Mi Quảng was inspired by personal experience, saying the dish represents not only myself but everyone else that has felt out of place at some point in their lives. Because no matter how different or out of place you are feeling, you will be loved and accepted by Wellington, just like this dish.

Festival Dish: Five-spice pork and free range chicken with Allen's Orchard free range eggs, tiger prawns, fat rice noodles, Vietnamese herbs, peanuts, sesame crackers and a little hot and sour broth. Available 1st August – 15th August 2021.


Location: 122 Wakefield Street, Te Aro


A classic on Cuba Street, you can enjoy their delicious cuisine under the shelter of a glorious olive tree in their curiously tropical courtyard, or in their unique space inside.

This festive dish represents the collaboration of both chefs and their travels together. The pearl barley risotto is a memory for Jamie from his days at Citron, whilst Andrew has brought his memories of a spiced jus with a monte of dark chocolate from his time at Le Gavroche.

Festival Dish: Awatoru Wildfood venison rack with pearl barley risotto, preserved quince, caramelised onions, housemade beetroot vinegar and Shoots NZ mustard streak. Available 1st August – 15th August 2021.


Location: 172 Cuba Street, Te Aro

Spring Kitchen

Spring Kitchen takes you on a gastronomical journey, offering progressive world cuisine inspired by Asian flavours, fine wine pairings and unique artisan cocktails.

This year for their festival dish, the chefs at Spring Kitchen are recreating a popular neo-traditional fish dish from India, made with wild foraged and local ingredients that show the evolution of cuisine in Aotearoa.

Festival Dish: Paprika and thyme crusted flounder with Zany Zeus smoked kawakawa yoghurt with Tulsi and miso gastrique. Available 1st August – 15th August 2021.


Location: 28 Grey Street, Wellington

A fantastic festival that never disappoints. We hope you feel inspired to take full advantage of what our wonderful culinary capital has to offer.

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