PAUA (ABALONE) RAVIOLI, LOGAN BROWN RESTAURANT
Wellington is famous for its pristine coastline and amazing seafood and our signature dish, paua ravioli with lime beurre blanc sauce epitomises all that's great in our cuisine. Beautiful wild seafood with Asian-inspired flavours, European cookery and amazing texture from the crunchy sweet potatoes garnish. A favourite on the menu since 1996.
STUFFED CONFIT DUCK, FIELD & GREEN
Field & Green has a menu that changes weekly but you can always expect good old-fashioned soul-food, cooked to perfection, using great quality ingredients. At the city's annual food festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate, they'll be serving up a duck and pancetta dish paired with wintry accompaniments of duck fat hasselback potato and cabbage, and plum gravy.
BORN, BURIED AND DUG-UP COCKTAIL, FORRESTERS LANE
Forresters Lane is the city's newest cocktail bar. Its Visa Wellington On a Plate cocktail reads like a mad pirate-themed concoction but is seriously considered with its mix of locally produced spirits including gun smoked rum and vermouth, then buried in a cask for six months, and paired with an equally interesting hangi roasted tamarillo crumble.
GARAGE PROJECT BEER, GOLDING'S FREE DIVE
Wellington is known as the "craft beer capital" and you won't be disappointed by the number of interesting, flavoursome brews you can find here. First stop should be Golding's Free Dive in Hannah's Laneway to try a local brew by Garage Project.
ZANY ZEUS CHEESE AND WAIRARAPA PINOT NOIR, MOORE WILSON'S
A third-generation grocery store smack in the middle of the city. Visit the Fresh department for an insight into what seasonal produce from artisan producers the locals are into. Cruise the store with a delicious flat white and pick up some Zany Zeus cheeses and a bottle of Wairarapa pinot noir to enjoy later.
PARTY POPPER BURGER, BURGER LIQUOR
Burger Liquor has gone full-on party for this year's Visa Wellington On a Plate. The Party Popper has all the burger essentials – beef, bacon and cheese – then they've gone crazy with kids' party snacks – salt and vinegar crisps, Fanta-barbecue sauce, hundred and thousands island mayo.
SMOKED PORK BELLY, DILLINGER'S
The smoked pork belly at Dillinger's is amazing. Chef Ollie Edwards is offering a Smoking 101 class at Visa Wellington On a Plate, where you'll experience a classic Kiwi barbecue and go home with some delicious smoked pork belly too.
Steve Logan co-founded Wellington's celebrated Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar more than 20 years ago, and while his long-term business partner Al Brown has since moved to Auckland, he has carried on with partner Shaun Clouston. They also run Grill Meats Beer on Cuba Street and Bellamys by Logan Brown in The Beehive.