Years ago I spent the day with my friend’s boyfriend driving around Wellington’s coastline. We were both alone in a new city and were getting to know each other. Said friend’s boyfriend is now said friend’s husband and thank heavens he’s still talking to me because I made a real faux pas on our way to get coffee at Chocolate Fish, a Wellington institution.
Chocolate fish has moved locations since that fateful drive and I doubt that D will ever go with me there again as he spent the afternoon sulking into his diet coke, the sulking of which one still takes full responsibility for.
We were talking about aspirational plastic surgery. Like what you’d get done (or would you even consider going there) if you had the means to pay for it. D (who happens to be exceptionally good looking, HI D!) said that he’s always fancied a chin tuck. I stupidly said that I used to think I needed a chin tuck but then lost loads of weight through running and didn’t need one anymore. D went silent. I went “BUT YOU, you would never need one as YOU LOOK GREAT!”
And while he unnecessarily counted calories, I scoffed down what must have been a fantastic bit of cake as I’ve wanted to go back ever since that day in February 2007.
I had heard Chocolate Fish has moved to Shelly Bay, the old Air Force base which my dad has fond memories of. I was a bit nervous to go there in fear of shattering a great memory of its old location but Mr Man and I picked a super quiet Monday morning after dropping the kids at kindy (life was so awesome when we were in between jobs~) and had a lovely little brunch there.
Apparently on the weekends Chocolate Fish is mega busy (in a good way, there’s so much space in this cafe its not funny) but we were the only ones there, hence we got some very fresh seafood for our brunch, Mr Man choosing this unique scallop, bacon and black pudding burger, me going for classic Kiwi whitebait fritters. Plus the usual flat whites which still have yet to let us down anywhere in Wellington.
Mr Man’s scallops went great with his black pudding and bacon (but bacon makes everything good!), offset nicely with a salad that included shavings of pear alongside. I loved my whitebait fritters, happy with the ratio of a lot of whitebait to not too much in the way of egg overkill.
The view was gorgeous, we were even happy to endure the wind in our hair while eating some really fresh seafood. If we weren’t trying desperately to avoid receiving a gluttony badge then brunch would have been followed by one of their yummy looking cakes, but cake is just going to have to wait for a second visit so the kids can ride some of the many bikes supplied for them, isn’t it?
Chocolate Fish can be found at 100 Shelly Bay Road, Mauapia, Wellington