There’s a new chef and partner at Floriditas in Cuba Street Wellington… one of my favourite restaurants… Hayden McMillan is teaming up with Floriditas’ owner Julie Clarke and her husband James Pendersen Following great success with his famous Melbourne eatery Etta, ‘ he brings a fine dining pedigree honed at some of Auckland’s top restaurants … The French Cafe, Vinnies. and Merediths… he’s keen to add more fresh veggies to the menu too!
Grand Century Restaurant , 84 Tory Street offers authentic Chinese food. I recommend the Crispy Peking Duck (with Orange Sauce) and seasonal Vegetables. These two dishes with some Jasmin tea are more than sufficient for two. Other dishes have been reported as being ‘average’ so this is the selection we always stick to. I can’t recommend their wine either I’m afraid and it lacks ambience. However, they do a good ‘yum char’ (dim sum) – a selection of small dishes – you chose which ones to take as they take them around the tables. Yum Char is available at lunch times only.
The restaurant is on Cuba Street and has an old world charm; a little like a 1930s French Bistro. I think it might just have become our favourite in Wellington.
Val waxed lyrical about the starter I ordered. It was a pasta; green bean feta, pistachio, watercress and parmesan spaghetti. The pasta was al dente and the French beans were sliced and blanched for all of about 30 seconds ( so they had some ‘bite’ to them).
I think the recipe must consist of cooking the spaghetti first and then tossing in the ingredients listed: some crumbled salty feta, blanched sliced long green beans, pistachio kernels, watercress and parmesan. However they also added lemon juice and lemon zest and freshly chopped parsley and thyme. I think we are going have to try this recipe ourselves when we’re back in London.
We did have some main courses and wine as well. It was all delicious and it is now a Mr and Mrs Smith recommendation.