One80° Restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel | Wellington CBD

It’s been months since I last wrote a proper food review and it feels nice to be back in the swing of things. What better way to start the ball rolling than with a look at the meal we had last October? S and I celebrated our anniversary at one80° Restaurant inside the Copthorne Hotel.  We seldom splurge, but on special occasions like this one, we don’t mind spending a bit more than usual. 

The one80° Restaurant is on the 7th floor of the hotel, with some of the tables near the big windows overlooking the harbour area and Oriental Bay. We requested for one of those tables and were seated at the far corner of the restaurant. It was a great spot for conversation with the husband as it was nice and quiet, but it also made it a bit difficult to catch the attention of some of the staff. Nevertheless, the view from the restaurant was great and we enjoyed watching the late afternoon turn into night time. Bonus points for the gentle, instrumental music playing in the background which I’m a big sucker for!

A platter of oysters, three raw and three tempura battered
Freshly Shucked Live Local Oysters (NZ$28.00 for half a dozen)
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Leeds St. Bakery | Wellington CBD

Nestled in an inconspicuous alleyway is Leeds Street Bakery, a small bakery and cafe which warrants a visit every so often. It’s a nice place to retreat to when you’re in search of a quiet place where you can enjoy a light meal. S and I initially saw posts about it online and it took us a while to finally pay it a visit. It’s truly one of the places I wish we knew about sooner than later, as it has become one of our most recommended spots in the city.

bacon, arugula and sliced tomatoes sandwiched in 2 pieces of bread
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Kazu Japanese Restaurant | Wellington CBD

Our obsession with Japanese food is a well-known fact among our friends, so it’s not surprising that I’m writing a post about another Japanese restaurant. S and I love eating at Kazu Japanese Restaurant not only because their food’s consistently enjoyable, but also because their staff are some of the loveliest people we’ve interacted with. Service here is always A+! Don’t mistake this one for the Kazu Yakitori Bar along Courtenay. They’re under the same company, but we much prefer the vibes at this one along Tory Street.

slices of raw tuna, snapper and salmon on a plate with a bottle of soy sauce in the background
Large Sashimi Plate (NZ$15.00)

Sushi and Sashimi. Always starting our meal with the best way possible! The sashimi plate with its slices of fresh tuna, snapper and salmon is our go-to. It’s honestly a bit on the expensive side, but we don’t mind paying a little more for quality. We’ve also tried their salmon nigiri and California rolls on two different occasions; both were equally superb.

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Chow | Wellington CBD

Living in a place that’s filled with so many dining establishments has its perks. We continue to discover new places and get to try them one by one. It does get challenging when we can’t decide which dishes to try though! Luckily, S and I joined some of our friends for lunch on a random weekday to avail of Chow‘s $25 lunch deal, where you get to choose two dishes, your preferred type of rice and a drink. It was a great way to sample some of the things Chow has to offer. It’s worth every penny too, with the serving sizes being so generous!

Pumpkin and cashew fritters, a bowl of vegetable curry and a glass of peach flavored iced tea

I chose to have the Jungle Curry and some Pumpkin and Cashew Fritters, along with a glass of their Peach Iced Tea. I found the drink to be watered down a little too much, so I definitely wasn’t a fan of that. The curry, though, was delicious!

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