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Cobar – Our Pick

Wellington has hundreds of fantastic restaurants that look out across the harbour and the other surrounding bays but during a 20 minute cab ride around the Lower Hutt coastline I am struck by the magnificence of the view looking back at the city at night. Cobar – in the heart of Days Bay, a popular getaway for Wellingtonians – is a surprising find in the tiny bay and offers some great food at very reasonable prices. 

The glass-fronted dining room ensures that nearly every table looks out on the expansive and very striking vista past Mount Crawford to the bright lights of the city centre. And new owners, Ryan Tattersall and Hannah Hosking, have worked hard to ensure the rest of the dining experience matches the view. The fish is all caught locally and much of it is line caught, and most of the veggies are grown in Lowry Bay by organic gardener, Scott Makin. Ryan and Hannah’s pursuit of an organic-only restaurant also stretches to the delicious Fair Trade coffee they serve with dessert. Though not quite a seafood restaurant, the kai moana is definitely a highlight and Scott’s micro greens and salad leaves compliment the fish perfectly. Best of all, none of the dishes were over NZ$30 when we visited, which is great for a good meal in such wonderful surroundings. Not only that, but we discovered there’s a passenger ferry to and from the city, so we enjoyed a couple of extra drinks without fear of the expensive return cab fare before departing.

3 May 2010

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