Sweet Mother's Kitchen


Tuesday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

5 Courtenay Place, Te Aro

04-385 4444

Sweet Mother’s Kitchen is an old school, eclectic and slightly ramshackle American-style diner, complete with old school booths. The café is bright and buzzy, with a laid back and fun atmosphere – the walls are covered with old photos and bits and pieces, strands of lights and feather boas that adorn the walls and ceiling. It always feels like a bit of a party at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen. The staff are as groovy (yes, groovy) as the venue, and the rad music that is always pumping.

It can often be hard to come by a table here – this can probably be put down to the curly fries with creole mayo. These things are world famous in Wellington; everyone’s always down for a fix of these beauties. On top of the curly fries, there are all sorts of seriously fried chicken, tacos and po boys (aptly described on the menu as “tummy fillers”) on offer, as well as classics like gumbo, burgers and ribs.

Most of the food comes served in little plastic baskets, so it really does feel like the quintessential diner experience, right in the heart of Wellington. Brunch is also available every morning, and all day over the weekend. There’s a good selection of classic desserts too, classic American pumpkin pie included.

You’re bound to have a good time at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen – sing along to some Johnny Cash, enjoy watching the comers and goers and wash down those outrageously good curly fries with a delicious local craft beer or cocktail.

Words by Grace Hall & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

5 Courtenay Place, Te Aro

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