Today's lunch was courtesy of the reasonably new Bruhaus, on the corner of Featherston and Willeston Streets, and a couple of GrabOne vouchers I snapped up a while back. I'm always keen to try new places, and the GrabOne vouchers make having a lunch out for no good reason much more attainable. ;-)
I understand that The Bruhaus had a few teething troubles with its food, as a few reviews along the lines of "service was sloppy, food was below par." Fortunately, the owner is the sort of person who pays attention to feedback, and a few weeks ago on Twitter I spied a message about their new, improved menu, which was all it took to ensure our visit would be on the immediate horizon.
We popped in for lunch today, and we were pretty early thanks to an unsuccessful shopping trip (Mr Cake wanted new sports gear from Rebel - unfortunately, as there's a sale on at the moment the only size left in the men's section seemed to be XL. Mr Cake wears Small, so XL is not really workable!) so there weren't many others dining yet.
The staff were very friendly, and we took a seat and looked at the menu. The GrabOne voucher precluded us from trying the $10 lunch menu (since I guess those items are already discounted), but there were a few good options so we made our decisions and placed our order.
We found the drinks menus a bit too hard to navigate - on the beer menu, there were a number of cider options, but the menu (which, given the nature of the establishment is several pages long) is ordered alphabetically by brand - all the drinks are muddled up together. I'm not normally a beer drinker, and was thinking I might try a fruity beer but given the lack of categorisation (or description) I ended up opting for an English pear cider - but that wasn't available. In the flustered way of the person who hasn't considered a second choice I selected the Macs green apple drink - only to be told a moment later that they didn't have that either. Mr Cake's first choice drink also wasn't in stock. It's that funny thing - if the options hadn't been presented to start with we wouldn't have minded at all, but because we had the opportunity to anticipate we were then disappointed.
The food was great, though! Mr Cake had the baked fish, while I had the baked chicken - and both were simple but well executed. Good, solid pub food. Both our dishes allowed us to choose our spud of choice, and Mr Cake chose wedges, while I went with chips, and as part of our meal we got a side salad to share.
Mr Cake's fish was nice, perhaps a little on the tough side but the lemony sauce was nice and the wedges were crisp, perfectly cooked. My chicken was pretty much the same - well cooked, delicous sauce with capers and white wine, and the chips were just so. Who cares about the chips, you may ask... Well, I do! I love my fancy food but I am also a sucker for basic comfort foods - and it never fails to surprise (and disappoint) me how many pubs can't cook them properly. The Bruhaus have it down, though. And they're extra yummy when used to sop up the rest of the sauce. Are you fussy about your chips?
The Bruhaus is located on the corner of Featherston and Willeston Streets, Wellington, ph 04 472 2120, www.thebruhaus.co.nz