Since I have moved offices and now work only a couple of short blocks from Mr Cake we thought we should do lunch once in a while, and I needed a bit of a pick-me-up so we flicked through the Entertainment Book to find a nice spot for Friday lunch. The Green Man seems to be a bit iconic and is pretty close to where we work so we decided to give it a whirl.
It calls itself a pub and definitely has a pub feel, albeit a very eclectic one - green was definitely a feature, but there were all kinds of textures and patterns - it was crazy and disjointed but pretty cool. Our waiter/server was very friendly but didn't muck around - which was really good, since we were squeezing a quick lunch into the middle of our working day. He told us the specials and gave us a few minutes to decide.
The menu was a bit crazy but in a funky way. We were a little confused about the boxes encircling the items in the middle of the lists - we decided it was a somewhat random effect (though perhaps engaged to encourage people to choose those dishes?).
The food was good, though very much pub food. The servings were very generous but in some cases less is more if you know what I mean. ;-)
Mr Cake had the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich - a baguette with beef, onions, mushrooms and cheese, served with fries. It was tasty though perhaps a bit over the top with the cheese. The bread was nice and fresh and the fillings all melded together nicely apart from the dairy overload.
I chose the fish and chips; the fish of the day was bream. The fish was delicious - fresh and perfectly cooked, and the batter was lovely and crispy, if a tad on the oily side (but perhaps that is what I get for ordering a deep fried meal...). It came with tartare sauce, which I'm not a huge fan of though I'll have a little with my fish. It was fine (for tartare sauce!) but I wanted something else to go with my fries, so I asked for some aioli, which was brought to me very quickly - but it was pink and we think perhaps had salmon in it, which was not really what I was going for. They didn't charge for the aioli though, which I had expected they would.
All in all it was a nice Friday lunch - the service was excellent and speedy and our food was delivered pretty promptly, despite the fact that the pub was pretty full of diners. The food was a bit on the greasy side but we asked for that when we ordered what we did - and I can't say anything else against the food (except maybe the weird aioli). And the Entertainment Book voucher made it very good value, with one of our meals being free. Definitely a good spot for a quick and dirty Friday lunch!
The Green Man is located on the corner of Victoria and Willeston Streets, Wellington, ph 04 499 5440, www.thegreenmanpub.co.nz