If you live in Wellington, then you know there has been a huge stir in the Asian food market within our streets – with Hey Bread, Bubble tea, and even more Asian food stalls opening where our beloved overpriced dairies used to sit. But there is one Asian-American fusion food hub that has sparked attention from Wellingtonians far and wide by its Kawaii culture, bountiful bubble teas, and freakishly long fries – that place being Goldie’s.
Now, I’m not a massive fan of bubble fad – whether it be tea of waffles – BUT If I said I didn’t dribble a little at the sight of their hotdogs and ‘longest chips in town’ on my Insta feed, I’d be lying. After seeing foodie upon foodie taste test this place out and rave about its new and edgy but cute take on Asian-American cuisine, I knew I had to unbuckle my belt and head there to see what the food-fuss was really all about. What my experience at Goldie’s was, you ask? Let’s just say I left with some opinions and an uncomfortably full tummy.
I arrived here with my hopes-and-hunger levels high, and basically ran with excitement right up to the counter to place my order of 2 hotdogs, a portion of ‘the longest chips in town’, and a few 6 Barrell Sodas to wash it all down. The interior is wicked – with a light and airy composition that’s been levelled up with pops of colour from neon signs, bubble lights, and crazy feature walls. While waiting for our food we were serenaded with a fire selection of Frank Oceans finest tunes – making me even more excited and anxious to snack on their famous snags. After no time at all, our food was placed in front of us and mirrored that of every single Instagram image I’d seen – It was the perfect picture of a hearty cheat meal. But then we took a bite, and all that hype went down like a fart in a spacesuit.
Let’s start on ‘longest chips in town’. We ordered them with kewpie mayo and seaweed salt, which I think is an awesome take on regular chip seasoning. Were they long? Yes. Were they tasty? Yes. Were they also pretty damn greasy and under sauced? Unfortunately – yes again. The top chips were perfectly sauced and tasted awesome, but when that layer was eaten, it revealed semi-soggy chips with zero sauce. And when THAT layer was eaten, it revealed the pattern on the table as the amount of grease had turned the paper see-through.
Next, the famous Goldie hotdogs. We ordered their Kimchi Dog and Ebi dog. I didn’t really feel like cheating on my pescatarian diet, so got that sausage veganized, but of course insisted the shrimp stay, because tempura shrimp is the best darn deep-fried crustacean. With a hotdog, you need a good long dog to fill that bun so at no point will you get a bite of just bread – however the veggie sausages were too short and too slim, so every bite was about 75% bread and only 25% sausage, making every mouthful a little stodgy.
Finally – I gotta’ touch on their serving of the soda. I’m a big fan of mason jars, so seeing it served in that with paper straws got my inner Pinterest fangirl going – but where was the flavour?? I was expecting a punch of citrus from my orange and dandelion concoction, but instead I got the equivalent of a washed down soda stream.
So, all in all, a pretty average dining experience at Goldie’s – for what they have in killer kawaii style, they lack in flavour and substance. I have to hand it to Goldie’s for their success in back-packing off the bubble food trend – but my question is, how long will that food fad last? And will they then serve mediocre hot dogs and chips, competing against the likes of Lucky’s and Burger Fuel? Even though Goldie is blessed by nearly every bubble tea/waffle lover I know – I’m afraid I’m going to have to give them a below-par CCL score of 4/10. I really hope they up the flavour consistency of their food, as if their hotdogs and chips were as good as what I’ve heard their waffles and tea are – then Wellington’s got themselves a banger (pun intended) of a hotdog hub.