WLG Pop Up Restaurant – Fitzroy
The WLG pop up restaurant opened it’s doors today, to let Melbournians have a taste of Wellington’s finest. You can’t wait around to go to this one, it closes up shop and moves back to Wellington after the 27th November.
Here is was Hamsley and I nommed on tonight:
Taste of Wellington Shared Tasting Plate
Manuka salt cured lamb shortloin with betroot, walnut and while balsamic salsa
Grilled Marlborough scallops, celeriac puree and pancetta crumbs
Fried goat’s cheese balls with Manuka honey and Kiwi chutney
Maple syrup smoked Regal King Salmon with horseradish creme fraiche and tiny capers
Pig’s cheek ‘schnitzel’ with roast lemon chutney
Braised Lamb Shoulder Timbale
With dukkah-crusted lamb rack and wilted mixed greens with thyme and garlic braising liquor
With slow-roasted tomato, potato fondant and green beans
Whittaker’s Dark Chocolate Pavé
With fresh raspberries, Manuka honey cream and damson plum coulis
Licoricello panna cotta
With vodka lime parfait and pistachio wafer
I will honestly say the food was fantastic. My favourite was the entrees, although mains and desserts were still delicious. I’d recommend the chocolate pavé over the panna cotta, but you must remember; I love chocolate! Our waiter was brilliant, he knew which wines to recommend and had the best moustache in town.
Tickets now on sale – WLG Pop Up Restaurant
This year’s menu will include tapas-style shared plates created especially for WLG by some of the Wellington regions most sought-after chefs for only $35, including Rex Morgan, head chef at Boulcott Street Bistro and one of the select few chefs to have won all of New Zealand’s culinary awards, ShaunClouston, head chef at Cuisine Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year 2009 –Logan Brown, Tom Hutchinson, head chef and owner of Capitol, one of the Wellington’s most successful restaurants and Terry Lowe, head chef at Black Barn Restaurant and Vineyard Hawke’s Bay voted by Cuisine Magazine as New Zealand’s best winery restaurant in 2011.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased via au.timeout.com/Melbourne, although there will be limited walk ins accepted.
Iron Chef Shellie dined at WLG as a guest of Positively Wellington Tourism.
leaf (the indolent cook)
Ooh, I received the e-mails about this event. The food does look excellent, and your waiter’s moustache is awesome!
Sydney had this pop up dinner sometime last year (I think) but I missed out. It looks like the same high standard has been maintained at this Melbourne event. I really want to go to New Zealand to try their local produce.
Btw, that waiter’s mo is awesome! I wish my bf could grow something like that for this movember
may i know what is that cup like thing next to the lamb?
Iron Chef Shellie
That’s where the lamb shoulder is in. It was delicious.
Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
Stop it, Michelle. Can’t handle this deliciousness at 9:44 in the morning! 🙂 Beautiful pics
Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
doh! One ‘l’, one ‘l’, I knew it!! xo
Sara (Belly Rumbles)
I was lucky to attend the pop up in Sydney last year. Melbourne pop up looks lovely.
Lisa @ Blithe Moments
This makes me so jealous, we just don’t get great things like that in Canberra. I don’t know why, we are a massively foodie city which spends on average more on travel than anywhere else in the country. Maybe next year will be our turn.
Yayy! What a great review! I can’t wait for Saturday to come!! Happy dance that we got tickets!!
This looks AWESOME! My parents are in town for Christmas and my graduation and I hope to bring them here!! I’m sure they’ll LOVE it. Everything looks really fantastic OMGGG
Loved the food at WLG. Such a great promotional idea I think.
yasmeen @ wandering spice
Yum yum!! We’re headed there for dinner tonight – got the email but couldn’t book anything til back from vaca. Your post has my mouth watering. Looks awesome, and nice photos.