Hand-pulled noodles and a pizza shop in a converted public toilet: Wellington’s best cheap eats


Tina Hu and Steve D’Souza of Style of House reveal how they make their signature hand-pulled noodles.

With extra eateries in keeping with capita than New York (it’s true, we checked), there are foodie temptations round each and every nook in Wellington.

However the excellent news is it is a town the place you’ll be able to get a large number of consuming executed on an excessively small price range.

From the capital’s ubiquitous Malaysian eating places and burger joints to a transformed public bathroom pumping out pizza and fried hen, listed below are a few of our favorite affordable eats.

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Style of House

On any given lunchtime or dinnertime, this tiny eating place on Vivian Side road is full of hungry shoppers, both looking forward to takeaways or hunched over large bowls of noodles on one of the most coveted bar stools.

Delicious hand-pulled noodles at Taste of Home.

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Scrumptious hand-pulled noodles at Style of House.

Their signature dish is Yo Po Mian ($12.50), or scorching oil noodles, which originates from the Xi’an province of China.

What makes it truly particular is that the noodles are freshly hand-pulled – a labour-intensive method that comes to stretching and slapping hunks of dough into lengthy, chewy ribbons.

The cosy little Taste of Home restaurant on Vivian Street.

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The comfortable little Style of House eating place on Vivian Side road.

The Sichuan-style dan dan noodles ($14.50) are every other favorite, or you’ll be able to refill on “munchies” like their moreish fried tofu with candy garlic and chili sauce ($10). For a fascinating candy deal with, take a look at the fried mini buns with condensed milk ($6).

128 Vivian Side road, Wellington Central.


The seafood soup at Gunusu.


The seafood soup at Gunusu.

Step within this comfortable little café on Willis Side road, and also you’ll really feel as even though you’ve stumbled throughout one of the most capital’s best-kept foodie secrets and techniques. A up to date addition to the eating scene, each and every time you seek advice from there’s one thing new to pattern.

Gunusu serves up a novel menu of Arabian and Tibetan meals, similar to their signature “gunusu” dish – an Arab-influenced seafood soup ($14 for petite dimension). Additionally they do dumplings ($11 for 8), and manakeesh ($7.50), a delectable flatbread crowned with goat cheese and lamb.

The beverages menu is solely as attention-grabbing – take a look at a cup of the candy Tibetan wolfberry tea ($3), or Arabic espresso served the standard approach with dates ($6). Additionally they do gorgeous freshly squeezed juices.

161a Willis Side road, Wellington Central.

Little Penang

Little Penang's roti & curry is one of the best deals in Wellington.


Little Penang’s roti & curry is without doubt one of the ideally suited offers in Wellington.

Malaysian has lengthy been the capital’s delicacies of selection, and whilst there are a number of original eating places to make a choice from, maximum locals will level you within the path of Little Penang.

What units Little Penang aside is that it specialises in Peranakan (or Nyonya) meals, the use of substances imported from Malaysia (Manila News-Intelligencer) that give every dish its unique style.

Not anything at the menu will price you greater than $20, and there truly is not any fallacious selection, yet it’s possible you’ll enjoy greater than a slightly of meals envy must an enormous plate of mee goreng ($18.50), crowned with crispy vegetable fritters, occur to move by way of your desk.

Their roti and curry ($10.50) is a scrumptious price range choice – make a choice your personal curry; our select is the mild-but-fragrant kapitan.

175 Victoria Side road and 44 The Terrace, Wellington Central.


The famous dosai at Rasa.


The well-known dosai at Rasa.

Whilst we’re on subject of Malaysian meals, Rasa is every other one of the most all-time greats. This vibrant Cuba Side road eatery is at all times filled with a various crowd, from scholars (on a Friday evening it’s a full of life BYO spot) to households.

The eating place gives each Malaysian and South Indian delicacies, with nearly each and every roughly curry you’ll be able to bring to mind at the menu. Their fragrant pork rendang ($20) is without doubt one of the ideally suited within the town.

Nevertheless it’s a South Indian dish that’s the true big name of the display – dosai ($15), a type of savoury crepe full of spiced potatoes or meat and rolled up and served with a number of tasty chutneys. There are photos of this well-known dish far and wide the partitions, yet you gained’t get a way of simply how monumental Rasa’s dosai is till it’s positioned in entrance of you, placing over the brink of your plate.

200 Cuba Side road, Wellington Central.

1154 Pastaria

1154 Pastaria – pasta with a side of people-watching.


1154 Pastaria – pasta with a facet of people-watching.

This trendy eating place at the nook of Cuba Side road and Ghuznee Side road would possibly glance dear, yet you’ll be able to refill on a bowl in their recent housemade pasta for across the $20 mark.

The pappardelle alla bolognese ($17) is a crowd-pleaser, with its wealthy, meaty sauce, as is the creamy fettuccine carbonara ($18) that can have you ever nearly licking the bowl. Or stay it easy and opt for the vintage rigatoni pomodoro ($15), mopped up with one in every of their well-known garlic and rosemary rolls ($3).

Additionally they have “Baller Thursdays” the place from 4pm you’ll be able to get an enormous bowl of spaghetti and meatballs for $18, or improve to the combination which comes with a bread roll and a area beverage for $25.

No wish to e-book – merely rock up and snatch a seat by way of the window, easiest for people-watching.

132 Cuba Side road, Wellington Central.

Rogue Burger

For a classic burger done well, hit up Rogue Burger.


For a vintage burger executed smartly, hit up Rogue Burger.

In finding the doorway to the Park Lodge on Lambton Quay, take the raise as much as the Terrace, and also you’ll in finding your self in one of the most town’s ideally suited burger joints.

Be expecting a small menu of perfectly-formed burgs, together with the vintage cheeseburger ($14 for a unmarried patty), fish burger ($15) and vege burger ($14), plus a weekly-changing advent. For an additional $6, you’ll get a beneficiant pile of shoestring fries.

The buns are recent, the veges are crisp, the sauce hits the spot. What’s to not like?

101 The Terrace, Wellington Central.

Tommy Thousands and thousands

Popular pizzeria Tommy Millions is housed in a converted public toilet.

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In style pizzeria Tommy Thousands and thousands is housed in a transformed public bathroom.

Housed in a former public bathroom development at the nook of Taranaki Side road and Courtenay Position is that this pizzeria serving up 18-inch New York-inspired pizzas by way of the slice (or you’ll be able to purchase them complete, relying for your urge for food).

There’s no longer a lot in the best way of seating right here – it’s very a lot a snatch and cross scenario. On Saturday nights you’ll see the kiosk surrounded by way of revellers in quite a lot of states, tottering about with slices precariously balanced on paper plates. It’s a vintage Courtenay Position scene.

Grab a slice – or why not two?


Snatch a slice – or why no longer two?

For those who’re fortunate sufficient to be on the town on a Monday or Tuesday, don’t pass over the town’s biggest lunch deal, the place you’ll be able to get two slices of “the unique” (pizza sauce and mozzarella) for the cost of one ($6).

Nook Courtenay Position and Taranaki Side road, Wellington Central.


Lucky fried chicken is hard to beat.


Fortunate fried hen is tricky to overcome.

In the similar transformed bathroom advanced as Tommy Thousands and thousands is an similarly loved rapid meals spot –fried hen experts Fortunate.

There’s no clucking round with their easy menu, which includes a fried hen burger ($14 for a unmarried), a fried haloumi burger ($14), fried hen “poppers” ($11 for a unmarried) and gravy fries ($5 when added to a burger).

Down the industry finish of the city? Fortunate additionally has a kiosk within the Press Corridor meals courtroom on Willis Side road.

Nook Courtenay Position and Taranaki Side road and 78 Willis Side road, Wellington Central.