HAVANA BAR

14/20

Good Food Guide - - Wellington -

This quirky back-street restau­rant and bar, housed in a pair of colour­ful early 20th-cen­tury cot­tages, has a mag­netic ap­peal. The vibe is al­ways hum­ming, and whether you’ve popped in for a quick drink or a leisurely din­ner, you can’t help but have a good time. The menu com­prises Span­ish-lean­ing shared plates that make the most of sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents – think pork oys­ters with Oloroso, oregano and con­fit tamar­il­los, or char­grilled beef bavette, wild mush­room and lap­sang sou­chong cream with parsnip chips. Desserts are pretty de­cent too, with a San­ti­ago tart with poached quinces and Oloroso sherry ice cream a re­cent high point. The cheery, knowl­edge­able staff are happy to help you make selections from the care­fully cho­sen wine list, and the cock­tail and beer of­fer­ings are both ex­ten­sive and ex­cel­lent. 32a-34 Wi­gan St, Te Aro, ph: 04-383 7039, ha­van­abar.co.nz Lunch & din­ner 7 days; large shared plates $22-$25 IN BRIEF Quirky-cool spot serv­ing tasty tapas

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