Established in 1992, Cafe Pasha is the first Turkish restaurant in Wellington.
Cafe Pasha offers genuine Turkish cuisine with over 14 main meals to choose from. They offer warm, candlelit surroundings, great value for money, inviting ambience, casual but stylish restaurant dining, and catering for large groups.
Three private function spaces seating approx 30 – 40 people in each are available. Children and families welcome, vegan dishes available and facilities are ramped for disabled access.
We visited Cafe Pasha having phoned and explained we were booking for two adults and a child. Upon arrival the waitress was abrupt and somewhat dismissive of our requests for a child’s menu. We then discussed adapting the adult menu to suit our daughter which she assured us was fine. However, after our adult mains arrived the waitress returned to say “that the meal we agreed would not be made and could our daughter choose again.” With our own food already on the table, this was disappointing to say the least and the staff had no solutions to offer. We were not offered a discount but, told ” everyone makes mistakes” not particularly useful when have a hungry six year old waiting for a meal.
We had been to cafe pasha a year ago and had exceptional service and food. This visit saw the food mediocre , service appalling and certainly won’t be returning.
We visited about 8 on saturday night and the restaurant was busy. We ordered mains, there was some choice but not a very wide ranging menu as I would have expected. The food was good, I had the adana which had good flavour and spice and was very tender. My partner had a chicken dish which was also good. both came with the standard salad and garnish. The wine list is all mid range and very well priced – they are byo but for the wine prices they charge I would order from their list next time.
In terms of gripes, we went on an entetainment card, and this made prices fine, but just short of 30 for their mains is ovepriced, and the bathrooms need some TLC.
I would go back with a voucher, but not full prices.
Decided to dine on a Monday night using the Entertainment Book voucher. The restaurant was almost empty which got some alarm bells ringing, but we weren’t to worry. The food was quick, hot and delicious. Dessert was overpriced (two tiny pieces of baklava for $9), but would go back again, as long as I had another voucher!
Our group have been eating at Cafe Pasha for well over 10 years, but sadly last night will probably be our last visit. The prices have increased, the portion sizes have reduced and the menu has been replaced with a much smaller selection meaning many favourites are no longer available (chicken taza, tagine, meatballs, yanm tava, lamb curry and many of the chocies of dips are gone). When you are charging up to $29.50 for a main, it needs to be either really good food, or at least a decent sized portion of average food. The mains are mostly salad (the standard mesclun, onion etc) and pita bread with a very small meat component that just doesn’t stack up to the prices charged. The turkish rice was excellent. The rest of the food was just ok and overpriced.
We had a girls’ night out at Cafe Pasha last night. It’s been many years since I dined here last and I was conscious that reviews have been mixed. I started out with garlic pita bread and the girls had selections of breads and dips. For my main course, I ordered the chicken shamiss: tender chicken pieces cooked in white wine, garlic, olive oil and herbs in a rich honey tomato sauce. My meal was absolutely delicious, with a large sized portion and cooked to perfection. Our service was slow and somewhat disorganised. When our meals were ready to be served, there was much shouting across the table to see who had ordered what. Surely this could have been noted when our orders were taken? The restaurant environment is pleasant to look at but incredibly loud; we shouted at each other just trying to hold a simple conversation and left after our main courses to find somewhere quieter for dessert and drinks.