Gasworks – Miramar, Wellington

thegasworks.co.nz

3 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, January 2020

The Place:

There is an amazing amount of indoor and outdoor seating here.  There is vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free  and a large blackboard menu.  There are three Bene options one the menu.  The Benedict (bacon), the Florentine (with spinach) or the Workers Hash (house-made pulled pork).  You could also build your own Montreal (with salmon) which is exactly what I did.    Sides range from $2 to $6.  The atmosphere, decor and furnishings were very typical modern ‘pub’.  

The Service:

The staff were okay but it did feel like we were a bit of an inconvenience.  We came in around 1:30pm on a weekday after the lunchtime rush so I personally thought we would get better service.

The Presentation:

Good attempt of layering the food but it just came off as try hard.  The plate itself made good a foundation and I liked the way they all didn’t clinically match.  The application of hollandaise was OTT and almost drowned the taste of the food.  Overall, it looked nice, but nothing special.

  • The Montreal – the meal was okay, but nothing memorable. 
  • The Eggs – the eggs were slightly overdone and not as runny as I like them.
  • The Salmon – was smoky and slightly oily, just a shame it was such a small portion.
  • The Spinach – was slightly overcooked but was still sweet.
  • The Hollandaise – was rather ‘gluggy’ and disappointing.
  • The Bread – the ciabatta was toasted nicely.

 Would We Go Again?

I would give this place another whirl to try their Belly Benedict, which I believe has replaced the Workers Hash (pulled-pork hash). 

Scorecard

Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 5/10 – the meal tasted okay.

Originality: 7/10 – The pork option was a bit different.

Value: 7/10 – the Benedict (bacon) was $17, the  Florentine (spinach) was $17, the Workers hash (pulled pork) was $18 and the Montreal (salmon) was $18.  Sides range from $2 to $6.  

Eggs: 5/10

Overall score: 6/10

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