FLORIDITAS

14/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Wellington -

This Cuba St stal­wart has been nour­ish­ing hungry Welling­to­ni­ans and vis­it­ing outof-town­ers alike for 11 years and it’s still on form – a wel­com­ing haven that’s equally great for a quick cof­fee and slice of cake (made in the bak­ery dis­creetly tucked down the lane next door), a Bloody Mary-for­ti­fied brunch or a din­ner with friends. The com­pact, in­gre­di­ents-driven menu is best de­scribed as mod­ern Mediterranean, with sim­ple, un­fussy dishes such as a rich, sat­is­fy­ing duck and fig ter­rine with wafer-thin slices of five-grain toast and pick­led veg­eta­bles, and melt­ingly ten­der lamb skew­ers with potato, wa­ter­cress, mint and pea ten­drils. Ser­vice is pol­ished and the wine list is thought­fully cho­sen, with plenty of by-the­glass op­tions. As we went to press, Floriditas was due to re­open after a brief clo­sure for earth­quake strength­en­ing. 181 Cuba St, Te Aro, ph: 04-381 2212, floriditas.co.nz Break­fast, lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $29.50-$39.50 IN BRIEF Sim­ple, tasty food in a stylish space

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