The Bresolin

Monday11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Tuesday11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Wednesday11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Thursday11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Friday11:30 am – 12:00 am.

Saturday9:00 am – 12:00 am.

Sunday9:00 am – 10:00 pm.

278 Willis Street, Te Aro

04-801 5152

Sitting pretty along a culinary precinct in the making at the top of Willis Street, you’re looking for one of Wellington’s classic Edwardian villas painted in a refreshing shade of emerald not seen elsewhere in the city. Globes of light seem to hang in the air when you step inside but the little school stools set around jade-lacquered tables outside will keep you grounded.

From the moment you enter the service is top shelf and the staff are always on hand with a friendly greeting or advice. The menu leans classic but not so much that you can’t enjoy fried chicken and a Bloody Mary for brunch if you’d rather skip breakfast. Along those lines, it unfolds upon closer inspection to reveal a good selection of grog and some imaginative house cocktails. Coffee courtesy of Gentlemen’s Beans and fresh pressed juices stand for those just easing their way out of the blocks.

Chargrilled octopus and soft white polenta or gin-cured salmon with wasabi crème fraiche suggest dinners that are delicately balanced but if you’re here with the crew, you may be feeling lucky enough to co-op a spring lamb shoulder or a kilogram of Angus rib-eye – so much the better when you can wash it back with a pint of Garage Project or Parrotdog, both brewed within shouting distance.

Sundays often see a ‘beast feast’ spit-roasted in that brushed steel beauty set into the back of the adjacent courtyard, with local beer and entertainment provided as part of your ticket, so keep a tab on the Bresolin Facebook page for upcoming events. Light and airy, the courtyard itself is well-suited to good banter and framed with glass and thick wooden slats to keep things convivial, even when the weather isn’t.

Words by Matt Paterson & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

278 Willis Street, Te Aro

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