Trying to find restaurants that conjure up a healthy(ish) dish at any given time of the day is not the easiest task. To add to the struggle, one that won’t break the bank or have you regretting paying for a bland salad you could have made yourself.
It’s no surprise that you have far less researching and decision making to do if you want to eat unhealthily.
But living in a city brimming with restaurants and cafes is bound to increase the temptation of eating out over cooking. And sometimes it’s too damn hard to refrain, so it pays to know where to find the food that’ll keep you feeling good inside (and summer ready on the outside).
Breakfast is by far my favourite feed of the day but I’m only prepared to pay for it on the weekend when I can thoroughly enjoy it. Needless to say, I choose where to go and what to eat on the menu wisely. Always opting for something I’d never make at home so it’s money well spent. There’s nothing like putting the world to rights over a sit in brunch accompanied by one too many coffees. But if the sun is shining in the capital then I like to take a stroll along the front with a food truck breakfast at hand.
Origin Gourmet Food Shack can be found at either the Harbourside Market on Sunday’s or outside Moore Wilson’s on occasion. If you’re in any of these vicinities and fancy trying this vegan, gluten-free and dairy-friendly truck I’d recommend their muesli accompanied by an Immigrant’s Son coffee or a turmeric latte.
Loretta on Cuba Street caters to all types of diets. I love this place because you can essentially ‘make your own brekkie’ with plenty of sides to choose from. If you’re an early bird you can choose from the breakfast menu, but if you prefer a lie in then the brunch menu is just as good.
I have to admit I’ve slacked on food prepping lately which has prompted me to discover healthier haunts around the city. My work load doesn’t always allow me to sit in but my favourite spots offer a take out option, so there are no excuses to head for the nearest fast food chain.
Seize know how to do it, their season bowls are delicious topped off with a side of avocado. I usually take away here or go after 1 pm as they get extremely busy. It’s a little on the expensive side for lunch, but you definitely get bang for your buck and I always come away feeling full, which is a rarity.
On the flip side, Enigma Cafe on Courtenay Place is where to go for cheap eats. The setting is relaxed and can be quite loud but head out the back and you’re sure to get a bit of peace and quiet. I usually opt for the Chicken and Avocado Salad with warm veggies (these are the game changer). It’s never-ending, has got all the goods and is definitely worth the $16 you pay for it.
If you’re feeling adventurous and wouldn’t mind working for your food, rent a bike from Wellington Waterfront and cycle to Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe in Lyall Bay. Their food is out of this world, especially the fresh fish and comes with a spectacular view out to sea. Considering the calories burnt from the bike ride (and that it’s a weekend), try one of the vegan desserts. Yumski!
Capital Market on Willis is the most convenient place to get a quick bite for dinner. Call me a snob but the setting isn’t my cup of tea, so I grab and go. There are plenty of stalls to choose from, just don’t get swayed by the sweet smelling chicken korma or queue for the Mr Circle stand. Instead, head for Where’s Charlie and order and wok tossed beef summer salad or pho soup.
If you’re the indecisive type and need options on a Friday/Saturday night, choose Chow! You’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of Asian dishes. Try and order from the fresh section of the menu but don’t be too hard on yourself, you can’t go to Chow without tasting one of their sensational cocktails. One Watermelon and Pepper Daiquiri please!
If you need some steering in the kitchen then combine your weekend fun with a cooking class. Asiana is a cooking school based on Tennyson Street in Wellington. Their schedule sets out the days and type of cuisine you’d like to try. Just show up, BYOB and have some fun.
Are there any healthy joints I’m missing out on? Comment below, I’d be keen to try them out.