My husband and I had a free evening in Wellington as part of our New Zealand vacation and had heard that Cuba Street was the place to go, so we went. We strolled down Cuba street and at first we were disappointed. There were several cafes and restaurants but none of them seemed to have much activity going on. It was a little before 6 pm by this time (apparently the place doesn't start hopping 'til later).
We walked a little further and finally decided to try an Italian place called Ombra that was about half full and had a posted menu that looked interesting. It turned out to be an Italian tapas (small dishes) place. Our waitress was from Italy and had some strong recommendations on what we should order. We took most of her advice and weren’t sorry at all. The food turned out to be awesome! The wine was excellent (mine Merlot and my husband’s a Primativo). We ordered an eggplant marscapone crostini, lamb pecerino meatballs, a potato pizzetta and a beef roast. Everything was delicious. The marscapone was outrageous and the meatballs were just wow. We then ended things with a dessert of poached pears with gorgonzola gelato. The gelato was tasty, creamy goodness, with a very subtle but definite gorgonzola flavor that nicely complimented the pears.
Note that they just bring out the tapas as they are ready. This is their style and policy which worked fine for us but if you are looking for a more formal set course type of dining experience look elsewhere.
Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant was fun and informal, the food was delicious, the wine a fine compliment to the food and it was one of our favorite meal experiences in New Zealand (and we were all over the North and South Islands for three weeks). Oh, and by the time we left the place was packed, so we were glad we were early eaters!
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