Wellington Scoop

Logan Brown honoured in Cuisine awards as long-term player

Long-established Cuba Street restaurant Logan Brown was honoured as Pead PR New Zealand Long-Term Player in the Cuisine Awards presented in Auckland last night.

The judges noted that its longevity is “clearly pleasing the punters” and admired its clever juggling act to accommodate all kinds of customers.

“On the one hand Logan Brown proudly bears the hallmarks of a fine dining restaurant; the white tablecloths, the well-dressed staff, and thoughtfully plated food.

“But on the other hand there isn’t an air of stuffiness or over-formality. They stock a huge array of New Zealand’s best beers, they champion local spirits and their wine list allows you to try some of the world’s best wine without forking out for a $500 bottle. Truly a restaurant that stands the test of time.”

Monique Fiso, who featured in Wellington on a Plate after the success of her series of pop-up restaurants, was dubbed Cuisine New Zealand Future Food Legend for her mission to elevate Māori cuisine. Her first permanent restaurant, Hiakai, will open soon in Wallace Street.

Other awards to Wellington eating places included Charley Noble winning Best Drinks List and Noble Rot wine bar winning the Best Wine Experience award.

Four Wellington restaurants won two hats at the Cuisine Awards: Logan Brown, Noble Rot, Ortega Fish Shack, and Whitebait.

Ten were awarded one hat: Capitol, Chameleon, Charley Noble, Field & Green, Loretta, Monte Cervino, Rita, Salty Pidgin, Shepherd, and WBC.