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It may seem that I love pop-up experiences and that would be true, it's an opportunity to have a new experience that only lasts in a certain time frame never to happen again. The food at pop-up dinners is always interesting and fresh and WLG pop-up dinner was certainly that.



They popped up on Gertrude street for 2 weeks to bring to Melbourne all the tasty delights of Wellington, New Zealand. The food itself was incredible fresh fish, kiwifruit pickles, goats cheese drenched in Manuka honey,and venison spring rolls to name a few.

Needless to say the wines from Hawkes Bay and deserts were amazing, particularly a liquorice panna cotta with brandy snap.

venison spring rolls with sweetbreads


The only gripe I had is the staff seemed so on edge, coming from New Zealand myself I was expecting a sense of relaxed friendly service that I was familiar with. Instead of that they were rushing people out the door for the next lot, not even attempting to seat people off the street and they refused to bring us tap water because they had 'no jugs'. It was slightly disappointing to be represented this way.



I am sure it wasn't their fault merely the structure that had been set up to make money and promote tourism, which didn't allow for a relaxed go with the flow atmosphere.

Despite this it was certainly worth the mere $35 dollars we paid, and the meals will be remembered for a long time.

The pop up restaurant runs until the 27th of November, and while tickets have been sold out, there are a small number of walk-ins available every night. So head along and see if you can get a seat.
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Why? top chefs making delicious food from Wellington area
When: Dinnertime till Nov 27th
Where: Rue de Fleurus - Corner of Gertrude and Napier Street, Fitzroy
Cost: $35 for food, $7 anything drinkable
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