Topor Bistro



Wednesday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Thursday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Friday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Sunday12:00 – 8:00 pm.

3 Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua

04-233 9939

The greater Wellington region is renowned for its cultural diversity, manifested in part by its growing range of exotic eateries. In popular Polish bistro Topor, Plimmerton boasts not only one of the capital’s most loved ethnic restaurants, but a true hidden gem.

Sitting at the end of a block of small shops deep in Porirua suburbia, Topor exudes a cosy neighbourly feel from the outside, which is amplified with a touch of elegance the moment you step in. Glittering chandeliers and fairy lights are juxtaposed against the straightforward red-and-white colour scheme - the place is loudly and proudly Polish and not afraid to flaunt it. Polish proverbs adorn the walls, giving you something to chew over as you await your meal.

It can seem a lot to take in, but it’s the little touches that make all the difference. Designed in the style of a gabion, the striking counter at the heart of the restaurant will catch your eye straight away, and is a clever nod to the beaches just down the road.

Those clued up on Polish cuisine will feel right at home, with a menu featuring the classics: dig into all the pierogi, bigos, and golabki you can handle. Make sure you pair your meal with an expertly matched Polish vodka, or if you want to go all out, just ask for the vodka tasting paddle. Whatever you order, see if you can resist pulling out the smartphone for a snap, as the intricate effort that goes into each dish is clear to see.

Plimmerton may not be where you’d expect to find an authentic and immensely popular Polish restaurant, but a trip this way is certainly worth the effort. Na Zdrowie!


Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs

3 Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua

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