After an epic train journey down the length of the north island from Auckland, I arrived to find Wellington a very pretty but very quiet town. The reason for the eerily empty streets was that is was Labour Day and most food and drink businesses were closed.
I contented myself with a supper built around the amazing sourdough and cultured butter the folks from Pasture had given me as I left that meal the previous night and resolved to start exploring Wellington’s eateries the next day when they were actually trading.
After an outstanding morning at the City Wellington Gallery, I was in need of something cheap and cheerful to address my hunger and send me on my way for an afternoon of further cultural musing at Te Papa museum.
I wandered up and down the famous Cuba Street, home to lots of eateries, book shops and thrift stores, eventually deciding that I wanted to eat some dumplings after neglecting to do so on Auckland’s Dominion Road.
I alighted upon Rams Restaurant which looked a likely spot. It was on the down-at-heel side, but this was exactly as expected. The welcome was warm as I took a table for late lunch service.
I didn’t need much time to make my decision. At lunchtime they offer a fifteen dumpling portion for $11.50 which sounded ideal. They had a broad selection of fillings from which I chose venison and chive. I also opted for fried dumplings ahead of steamed or their popular chilli oil version.
Dumplings were soon with me looking a little rough and ready. They proved very tasty with good crisp casings and a deeply meaty filling with tender pieces of venison. It was just the lunch I was after.
So overall, Rams did a very good job of feeding me a hearty middle-of-the-day bite. It looks a very good place for a quick snack on the go and one which I’d recommend when next you’re in that kind of mood.
Blythe scores Rams
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: venison and chive fried dumplings
I drank: water
I wore: mixed fabrics
Total bill: $11.50
Address: 171a Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011