Dillingers Brasserie & Bar – Te Aro, Wellington


3.5 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, June 2018

The Place:

This is a real gem in the middle of the city.  The setting is amazing with loads of seating indoors or outdoors.  It feels just a wee bit fancy but not pretentious.  There is a wee bit of counter food and loads of menu options.  They also offer dairy-free,  gluten-free, vegetarian and free-range where possible (eggs, chicken, pork).  There are 3 benes on the menu.  The Benedict (bacon), Montreal (salmon) and the Pork (house-smoked pork belly with pickled onion).  You could also be daring and order the potato hash (smoked potato, corned beef, pickled cabbage, bacon, poached egg, watercress, habanero mustard) and just add hollandaise or even build your own breakfast suing bene components and adding in a smoked beef cheek.  Sides range from $2.50 to $6.

The Service:

Our waiter must have gone to waiter school or attended some type of customer service course or had an awesome trainer as he was amazing.  So amazing I wanted to offer him a job as my personal chef on the spot.   He was friendly and engaging and witty without it feeling weird.  It felt like we were regulars enjoying our usual weekly fare.   

The Presentation:

The mix of green from the rocket, brown crunchy hash browns, royal yellow hollandaise and slither of pink salmon atop the crisp clean white plate showcased the Montreal to maximise its appeal to the eye.

  • The Montreal – the combination of textures and flavours made this dish a pleasure to eat.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were tasty, warm and runny.  Just how I like them.
  • The Salmon – there was a small salmon steak that melted in the mouth.
  • The Kale – the buttered kale was a nice (and uncommon) addition to the dish.  I thought the portion was a wee bit small to make a huge impact.  Nice, nonetheless.
  • The Hashbrowns– was crispy and crunchy.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made sauce was lemony and creamy and tasted divine. 
  • The Bread – the sourdough was okay.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes.  The service was spot on and the meals were delicious.


Style: 6/10 – Classic with a slight twist (the kale).

Taste: 7/10 – the whole dish was delicious.

Originality: 7/10 – Adding kale gave this extra oomph.

Value: 7/10 – it’s pretty pricy here but it is a wee bit posh.  The Benedict is $20 and the Montreal and Pork are $22.

Eggs: 7/10 – cooked just how I like them.

Overall score: 7/10 – well deserved high score.

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