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Dine Wellington menus – our picks!

The best part of Wellington on a Plate is always Dine Wellington – a fortnight-long program of lunchtime specials and set-menu deals from some of the city’s best eateries.

What’s on the menu? More mouth-watering dishes than you could even imagine. In anticipation of this amazing event, we’ve scoured the huge range of Dine Wellington menus and special offers that will be available in August and chosen the ones that we think sound particularly appetising.

From Friday 9 August to Sunday 25 August 2013, we recommend you check out the following…

The Grill at The Amora Hotel, Wakefield Street

The Grill’s Wellington on a Plate lunch menu features roasted otaki pumpkin, kumara and capsicum soup, pan-seared market fish on prawn and saffron risotto cake, and baked plum and cinnamon brioche. Choose two courses and a beverage for $25.

For dinner, choose two courses for $45. Highlights include Angus beef fillet with forest mushroom and shallot duxelles, and the chicken liver, sage and walnut terrine with petit rouge salad.

Le Canard, Murphy Street

Wellington French restaurant Le Canard is putting on a classy spread for Wellington on a Plate: choose two courses from gratinee duck-truffled onion soup, traditional chicken blanquette from coq au vin and crème brulet, and pay $35 for lunch. For dinner, enjoy three courses for $60.

Caucus Restaurant & Bar, Novotel Wellington

Enjoy a two-course lunch for $25 or a two-course dinner for $35 at Caucus Restaurant & Bar during Wellington on a Plate.

Both specials come with a drink and highlights on the lunch and dinner menus include corn-fed Rangitikei chicken and Burnt Spur red wine reduction with flaky pastry, wild mushroom risotto with blue cheese, caramelised onions and watercress, and upside-down lemon meringue tart with mascarpone cream and crisp tuile biscuits.

Arizona, Cnr Grey & Featherston Street

Arizona’s going all-out for Wellington on a Plate. Its two-course lunch offer includes a Cobb salad with chicken, avocado, and crispy bacon, followed by Boston clam chowder with San Francisco sourdough and a drink for $25.

For dinner, enjoy a pumpkin and coriander soup with sourdough croutons and Wairarapa beef ribs braised with guava on spring onion mash for $35 plus a complimentary beverage.

Logan Brown, Cuba Street

Pay $35 for a two-course lunch at Logan Brown during Dine Wellington or pay $65 for a delightful four-class dinner.

Highlights include feta and potato terrine with carrot puree and greens, vine-smoked salmon with beetroot gnocchi, Cook Strait butterfish with tuatua fritter, and walnut and apple cobbler with rhubarb and mascarpone.

Pan de Muerto, Tory Street

Authentic Mexican food is on the menu at Pan de Muerto, which is putting on a $25 two-course lunch and a $40 two-course dinner menu during Wellington on a Plate.

Highlights include house-made tortillas with Mexican peach chutney, chargrilled Wairarapa goat loin, onion and coriander, and steamed corn dough and pineapple served with Jamaica flower and strawberry compote.

Vivant! Restaurant & Bar, Featherston Street

Choose two courses from Vivant! Restaurant & Bar’s Wellington on a Plate lunch menu and pay just $15. Highlights include a minute-steak sandwich with Cajun chucky chips, garlic and pepper-marinated prawns on fresh green salad and a cheesecake of the day.

The Wellington restaurant’s food festival dinner menu includes French stick topped with herbed cheesy garlic butter, a special chef’s creation of the day and home-made chocolate brownie. Choose two courses for $38.

Shed 5 Restaurant & Bar, Queens Wharf

Shed 5’s $35 two-course lunch features classic lunchtime fare, while its $95 three-course dinner features crayfish and prawn ravioli, roasted pork belly, scallops and a chocolate and raspberry tart with vanilla bean bonbon.

Plus Shed 5 is putting on an extra-special six-course degustation dinner with a special guest from MasterChef 2013 on Wednesday 14 August. Tickets cost $175.

The White House, Oriental Parade

The White House’s $95 three-course dinner special includes everything from octopus and crayfish to duck and lamb, with a chocolate and rhubarb house-made meringue to finish.

Highlights of its $45 two-course lunch menu include coq au vin chicken breast, Pirinoa Station lamb escalope and blancmange with macaron, sour cherries and scorched almonds.

Beach Babylon, Oriental Parade

Beach Babylon’s Wellington on a Plate menu features wild mushroom and ricotta ravioli, pan-fried local fish of the day and dark chocolate and Grand Marnier fondue with Victoria sponge, among other mouth-watering dishes. Pay $35 for two courses and a drink; lunch or dinner.

Hippopotamus Restaurant, Cable Street

Take in the views at Hippopotamus Restaurant and enjoy its special Dine Wellington menus. For lunch, choose any two courses and a drink for $45; for dinner, enjoy three courses and a drink for $90.

Highlights on Hippopotamus’ lunch and dinner sample menus include Kapitai Kikorangi tortellini with creamed leek, Wairarapa seared venison with prunes and baby beetroot, and white chocolate cremeux with walnut crumble, chocolate chips and raspberry coulis.

Boulcott Street Bistro, Boulcott Street

From 9-25 August the Boulcott Street Bistro is offering up a two-course lunch with a drink for $45 or a four-course dinner with a drink for $80.

Its lunch menu includes free-range pork and apricot terrine with apple and capsicum relish, braised beef short rib with Bongusto pappardelle and vegetable brunoise; the dinner menu changes daily.

Check out our write up on Wellington on a Plate 2013 and our recent article the best family restaurants in Wellington.

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