Sweet Mother’s Kitchen, 5 Courtenay Place, Wellington
What it is: A cheap and cheerful New Orlean’s themed cafe in Wellington. Also one of my favourite places to eat out. And I’m only into good food, so that says a lot.
Sooooooo yummy! Everything is delicious, and it is so hard to pick what to eat that I always end up picking too many things and leaving in a food coma.
Some of my favourites: beignets, curly fries, pies (of all varieties), breakfast burritos, tacos, quesadillas.
Also, the tea. It comes in tea pots. With wool tea cozies knitted by Sweet Mother herself (the restaurant owner’s mother). And mis-matched real bone china teacups and saucers. How could you not love it!?!
The prices are also fabulous. Compared to the other pseudo Latin/Southern American food in Wellington they are giving the stuff away. And it’s much better than most of the other places, which are ridiculously overrated (yeah, I’m talking about you Flying Burrito Brothers!)
SMK is so popular that they don’t take reservations. Be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes for an inside table at almost all times, and just as much for an outside table unless the weather is really, really, hideously bad.
The only bad food item is the virgin bloody mary. Don’t believe what anyone tells you: unless you like drinking canned tomato juice that reeks of oregano, the stuff is bloody awful. And when I say reeks, I mean it. If oregano repelled zombies like garlic does vampires, a glass of this stuff a day would make you safe as houses when the zombie apocalypse happens.
OK, not ugly-ugly, more fabulously-ugly. It’s the decor. As far as I can figure out, SMK started out with a slightly retro-kitsch Mardi-Gras look, and people started bringing them stuff to add to it, and they just stuck anything they were brought up on the walls.
You can visit SMK just for the decor: to read the random notes that customers have written, to goggle at the anatomically questionably double portraits celebrating Charles and Diana’s wedding, to identify all the wrestling figurines (this is Mr Dreamy’s favourite part) and the exotic fruit (and random vegetables) on the strings of lights (this is my favourite part).
Uhhh..why is this on a costuming blog?
I’ve never reviewed a restaurant before. This is interesting. I’m not exactly sure what it has to do with costuming, but as I am inspired by the most random stuff, I can see myself making a SMK dress – something casual, definitely vintage/retro, with a little bit of New Orleans flair and definitely a novelty print!
How about something like this 1950s novelty print sundress, but with a print inspired by the awesome plastic light strings, rather than nuts?
This sundress is a little more Miami than New Orleans, but still fabulous.
This bikini has the perfect feel, and is sooooo adorable, but I wouldn’t be brave enough to wear it to the restaurant!
Yep. I definitely need a tropical fruit novelty print SMK vintage dress!