Step into this gallery-like space in Wellington’s self-styled ‘arts precinct’ and you’ll appreciate the skill of Raechal Ferguson and Laura Greenfield (pictured left to right). They’ve created a place that manages to be both chic and international but overlaid with a relaxed New Zealand sensibility. Greenfield’s food – what she calls ‘European soul food’ – walks a neat line between old-fashioned comfort and culinary cool (think masala duck livers, coq au vin and roast cauliflower with buttered breadcrumbs). The breakfast and lunch menus are innovative and clever, and a tasting menu allows diners to park up at the pass and watch the chefs at work. There’s great respect for seasonal and local ingredients; the wine list is full of interesting gems and Greenfield’s ice creams and sorbets have a well-deserved cult following.

IN BRIEF Simple and delicious with heart and soul