Monday11:00 am – 11:00 pm.
Tuesday11:00 am – 11:00 pm.
Wednesday11:00 am – 12:00 am.
Thursday11:00 am – 12:00 am.
Friday11:00 am – 2:00 am.
Saturday10:00 am – 2:00 am.
Sunday10:00 am – 12:00 am.
8 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Back in September, Wellington favourite Basque quietly shut up shop for two weeks and emerged from its renovation cocoon as a brand new offering, servicing the capital’s plant-based and open minded omnivorous population with beautiful vegan ‘junk food’. Mockingbird takes its name from the eponymous winged variety, a bird renowned for its remarkably small impact on its environment. Aside from the menu overhaul, the interior has received a spruce up throughout with raw timber and industrial fittings taking centre stage.
The beloved rooftop bar is still there with both covered and uncovered seating options - ensuring the wind and rain can do little to dissuade diners in the event the 50+ seat downstairs area has reached capacity. Many of the old favourites remain such as sangria in five flavours and 13 taps on offer at the spacious bar, and the kitchen serves up a full menu daily from brunch ‘til late via the delightfully quaint hole-in-the-wall pass.
The food here is truly something to behold, with everything from juicy burgers to lighter offerings such as bagels and bowls, small plates and even a selection of rich desserts. Most options are vegan and can be made to suit a range of other dietary requirements, and the team is also serving up strong espresso with your choice of milk. The Mockingburger is a good place to start, complete with ‘facon’ which will leave even the most die-hard meat eaters speechless.
For those that love a little extra heat try the array of locally-made hot sauces and chimichurri, bound to set your tastebuds alight. When the atmosphere and quick service is this good, you’ll leave feeling satisfied in spite of a warm tongue.
Words by Zack Holmes & Photography by Anna Briggs
8 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
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