Wellington: Sweet Mother’s Kitchen

My recent trip to Wellington with my sister meant that I could once again, indulge in some of the spectacular food that Wellington has to offer. My trip was short as we drove down during the day, so after we settled in, we stopped at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen for a much needed dinner. With influences from New Orleans and Mexico, Sweet Mother’s Kitchen is all about great home-style cooking and offers all day dining. A restaurant proven to be popular amongst Wellingtonians, the restaurant was full, even at 8pm on a Sunday and we managed to find a small table.

Our order of pasta and fried chicken took a while to get to our table, but it was worth the wait. The pasta (aka “the Moose”) coated with gruyere cheese and a splash of truffle oil was delightful. The al dente pasta with the cheesy sauce is their take on macaroni and cheese and a dish which they rate as the ‘ultimate comfort food’. The sauce had just the right amount of cheese and perfectly seasoned; the hint of truffle was a fantastic touch. The fried buttermilk soaked chicken strip with crispy curly fries and coleslaw was good, but not great. The chicken strips were made out of breast meat, which would explain why they were rather dry; the curly fries were extra crispy and served hot, the requirements for perfect fries.

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We also slipped in an order of potato hash and I can shamelessly say that it was the best dish out of all three. Potato, despite being full of carbs, is my favourite vegetable. This hash was well seasoned and cooked the way that is should be; the shreds of potato has a crispy golden crust on the outside and just right on the inside, its neither soggy or under-cooked. I finished it with ease after sharing a small portion with my sister.

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It was, overall, a great meal. The vibe of Sweet Mother’s Kitchen is relaxed and it’s the perfect location to unwind and enjoy some good ol’ comfort food. Next time, I must remind myself to save some room for their peanut butter pie and maybe even give their brunch menu a try!

Date: Sunday 12th May, 2013 | Location: 5 Courtenay Place, Wellington | Food: Home Style Cooking (with influences from New Orleans and Mexico)

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