If you live in Wellington, you know that Cuba Street and all the lanes surrounding it are hotspots for cheap, easy, and delicious Asian takeaways (BYO’s for the rowdier among us ;)). But there’s one place that has stirred the pot over the past few months and has been absolutely dominating the Insta scene – with foodies all over Wellington gushing about how bloody banging their food is. So obviously, I had to go and check it out to see if it really lived up to its now-household name: A Taste of Home. For this little foodie adventure, I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my lovely mate Georgia, who runs @theHungryHippo on Instagram (check it out for awesome reviews and mouthwatering recipes!). So, on a cold and wet Welly evening, with our tummies literally rumbling from hunger, we hit A Taste of Home HARD!
For those who don’t know (and it’s easy to miss), A Taste of Home is parked right opposite the architecture campus on Vivian Street, which is super central and easy to get to, and also very dangerous for the bank accounts of design students. I’m also not kidding when I say it’s hard to miss – because this place is TINY! It only has 5 seats inside, which makes is a bit of a race to grab a seat, but it also means that the aromas coming from the kitchen quickly fill the dining room, making you even hungrier for their food. The menu is jam-packed with heaps of different dishes, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options (yusss) – and they even let you choose which noodle you want with your meal!
After much panic and deliberation, I settled for their Vegan Zha Jiang Mian, which is a mix of tofu, shiitake mushrooms, stir fry veggies, with hand-tossed rice noodles to match. All I’m gonna say is: Holy Mamma this shit is good. I went to the Night Noodle Markets earlier on this year, and to be honest, I should’ve ignored that hype and come here instead. The noodles from A Taste of Home kick the ass of any stall at Night Noodle Markets. I literally couldn’t – and still can’t – fathom just how a $12 bowl of noodles tastes so freaking good. The tofu? Marinated to perfection. The vegetables? An amazing mix of fresh and stir-fried goodness. The Noodles? Long, messy, and the best vehicle to mop up all those delicious, savoury juices. We also ordered the chili chips to snacky-snack on – which were crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and definitely had that little slap of spice with every bite.
So if you’ve got to this part of the review, I think you can guess I’m going to rate this place pretty flipping high on the CCL scale. The food was cheap (love it), the food was delicious (love it), and the actual place itself is so humble and unassuming, making it even more authentic and loveable (love that). The only thing that I would say was a problem was: 1. Their lack napkins – you can imagine how messy the noodles were and how half the sauce ended up on my face after eating them, but there was nothing to wipe it off with! And: 2. Their lack of water – the noodles and chips were a little spicy, so I needed something to quench the thirst and chill the chili, but the only drinks in sight were from their vending machine. Apart from these 2 minute altercations, A Taste of Home earns themselves a mean 8.8/10 on the CCL scale. If you’re reading this and are feeling a little peckish, skip the meal prep tonight and go grab yourself some of the best noodles you’ll ever taste from our friend at A Taste of Home – you won’t regret it, but you might get addicted!