ADDRESS:   1 Post Office Square, Te Aro, Wellington
MAINS:   $28 – $58
CONTACT:   0508 242 753
SCORE:   16 / 20

With its large windows and high stud, Charley Noble offers a light and airy space within this period building close to Wellington’s waterfront. This is a place for great city dining – the kind of restaurant you could eat at for a week and have a different food experience every night as you celebrate the best of New Zealand through the extensive menu. It may cover a number of bases, but don’t be daunted. Its woodfire-based cooking comes courtesy of a Josper grill and indulges our love for steaks and bistro classics. Best to start at the beginning with golden and crunchy sweetcorn, cheese and thyme arancini, then the dry-aged kingfish cooked on the grill was the star turn of the night. Underscored by fantastic service, Charley Noble is still one of the capital’s most classic dining experiences.

IN BRIEF Bistro dining in cosmopolitan surrounds