Wellington City 04-801 8858
- Mon – Fri 7.30am – Late
- Sat 9:00am – Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 90
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
Located on Customhouse Quay, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of commuters and visitors to the Lambton shopping precinct, Pravda is a well established restaurant/cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pravda’s vibrant coffee culture and European influenced cuisine make the restaurant an essential daily getaway spot for corporates, lunching ladies and visitors to the boutique shopping block. Pravda – Elegant Bistro Dining.
16 Reviews for Pravda Cafe
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It’s a beautiful space and has an elegant but warm feel about it. Never empty it has a nice buzz and I’ve always found the service professional and genuinely friendly.
If you come for a meal and sit upstairs you are taken to your table and the vibe is slightly more formal, if you come in for coffee or a drink at the bar it’s more relaxed.
The chef always has a divine fish of the day which I tend to order, but recently the cold weather drove me to the rack of lamb / lamb shank pie, which was excellent.
I recommend Pravda as the food is consistently great and the service consistently charming.
The food was good, breads, then a tasty starter followed by confit Turkey leg and Christmas pudding, and the service kept things flowing well.
We had a couple of wines from the list as well as a glass of port at the end and the atmosphere made for a good Christmas feel despite the fact there was still a month to go.
The Christmas menu is $60pp and we spent a further $60pp on drinks, but it felt like money well spent on a festive meal.
Well done Pravda – I’ll certainly return.
We arrived on the night and were taken to our seats, a wonderful cosy corner with the outlook of the entire restaurant and the kitchen. We had custom made menus just for our special night. The menu looked incredible and the wait staff were always so happy to serve us and answer any questions – we didn’t have to ask for anything the whole night and were really taken care of.
The Head Chef came out to personally serve us a couple of dishes and talk about the food which was fantastic, so incredible that he was able to do this and that there was a bit of a fuss – this made us both feel on top of the world.
We got a touch nervous at certain parts of the meal because there was ‘Mayo type sauces’ and Gnocchi but without eggs! I’m often I’m reduced to having no sauce to speak of or very run of the mill, packety, type stuff – This was fantastic for me and the Head Chef shared a few nuggets of gold ‘cheffy’ information on how to’s (fantastic!).
The food was absolutely terrific, The Head Chef is truly an artist and you can see the passion on the plate when we were presented with the meals. We were so impressed.
We have been foodies since before it was ‘mainstream’, we have travelled far and wide, close on 30 odd countries with a passion for tasting everything we could. Our mind over the evening and for the week since has turned to our best dishes and dining experiences, the food and our experience at Pravda is right up there.
The Head Chef (Adam) is a ridiculously passionate and fantastic chMoreef.
In Wellington we have dined at The Chameleon, Boulcott St Bistro, Logan Brown, Shed 5, White House, Matterhorn among others and Pravda would be one we would revisit and recommend to our friends in a heartbeat.
I arrived early and surveyed the menu, and the others arrived soon after. I told them, that in my opinion there really was only one valid option, the Pravda big breakfast. They perused, and then agreed. The pricing of the sides was either an attempt at humour, or a loud statement along the lines of “Don’t you dare go messing around with side orders… order a dish from the menu please, we try very hard to ensure our dishes need no side orders.”
$8 for a side of bacon or sausage,
$5 for sough dough, and
$3.50 for hollandaise sauce.
Is that a Tui Commercial?
So, three Pravda Breakfasts it was. At $21.00 each this was in the category of “Well it had better be bloody good then”.
And it was. The sausage was extraordinarily good. The mushrooms were great – whole portabellos, and the bacon was nice and crispy. The eggs were good eggs, mine scrambled and the other two poached. The hand made has browns got mixed reviews. I thought they were a close second to Mixed Business’s (on the Terrace) for the title of ‘Best hash browns in Wellington’, but the other two members of our partly were less impressed… one thinking they were overly salty and one thinking they could have been cooked longer to be more crispy – whereas I liked the moist soft centre… The food was very very good, and we were all very pleased and well sated.
The service and the coffees were both good, although the continued difficulty with the sugar dispensers at Pravda did cause consternation and humour (and sugar all over the table). The music was overly loud and the ambience was intrusive – you have to try to maintain a conversation. Pricey, but with food of a suitably high standard to match.
Again – if you are expecting this you will be happy.
The service was dreadful. The girl who (eventually) gave us menus and took our order was rude and the girl who brought our coffee was mute – or at least we think she was – she didn’t appear to have the power of speech.
The food was fine – good salt and pepper squid; competent breakfast. Coffee way too strong – even at half strength – for me anyway – my partner drank his.
But whole thing spoiled by awful female waiting staff who treated us as if we were far too uncool to be treated with any degree of civility.
To end it all the coffee and hot chocolate tasted great but were cold.
When we commented on these failings we did not feel it was taken graciously at all. The staff may have been busy but they need a little more training on seeing that their customers have everything they need, having to ask twice for the ordered wine and sugar for coffee etc
Shame we (three of us, two who were regulars) will not be revisiting or recommending this restuarant.
I also had the Bruschetta w semi dried tomatoes and feta, I purchased the same incredible semi dried tomatoes from a deli yesterday and could not believe how expensive they were however they are just amazing. (the brand name of the is Menu and are imported from Italy) worth every cent. I fail to see how Pravda could make money out of this dish given the cost of the semi dried tomatoes never mind the feta, bread etc.
I had potato dumplings for a main, oh my god just fantastic.
Another highlight of my meal was the gin and tonic sorbet, the sorbet was still fizzy, very very cool.
I will be going back