Scorch O Rama
Wellington City 04-388 4970
- Mon – Fri 8.30am – 4pm
- Sat – Sun 8am – 5pm
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 25 inside, 54 outside
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
- Wi-Fi: Free
Scorch-O-Rama Cafe is a relaxed Cafe on the Wellington coastal waterfront with stunning veiws and the only cross the road dining in NZ.
28 Reviews for Scorch O Rama
I will recommend Scorch O Rama to my friends and family – looking forward to my next visit:) Well done guys.
My wife and I just popped in for a coffee and a milk shake in the afternoon as things were winding down. Ordered a latte and came out promptly. However, there was much to much foam, looked more like a cappuccino. The coffee tasted bitter and sour (grind of the coffee was probably too coarse) and we sent the coffee back.
The staff were friendly about it and made another one. I could tell by listening that the Barista did not change the grind. Coffee came back and was only slightly better, but had less foam.
Didn’t try the food but I wouldn’t go there for coffee. Milkshake was ok.
The staff were attentive, and also patient and warm towards our preschooler. The kids’ menu is great. It was good to see a $5 pancakes option, which is pretty much all a 3 year old is able to eat, instead of the usual $9 – $12 options that cafes usually have.
The coffee arrived quickly and tasted great. The food followed soon after. We had the B.L.A.T and fish fillets on french bread, both were well presented, very flavoursome and not stingy on portion sizes.
All in all, a great dining experience, and will certainly return.
To start with my glass came out with a chunk of cake in it, and I mean a large chunk melted to the inside of my glass by the dishwasher!
Perhaps its my fault, but when I see the pizza named ‘Meat-O-Rama’ it would expect it come out covered in meat, no, it comes out with a sprinkle of bacon, olives, lots of capers, spinach and not a lot else. Given Olives and Capers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps putting it on the menu would be nice.
I then ask the waiter if I could exchange it as this was not what I was expecting, he was incredibly rude and then the kitchen staff all gather around the window to gawk at me, making me feel very uncomfortable.
After all that the BLAT my friend ordered came out with burnt chips, was chewy and mushy and inedible, needless to say we didnt finish our meals.
Not at all impressed by the cheap extension either, it looks unfinished and echoes awfully.
To top it off, we were charged $50 for 2 crappy brunches and 2 average flat whites.
Since this cafe opened I have been going there almost twice a month, this experience, hard to put into words, was so unpleasant that i needed to write about it, they will also never see me or my friends again.
After going back to our table I thought it would be a long wait given how busy it was, but it was only about 20 mins and the food was really great. I had the fish fillet on french bread which was awesome and full of flavour. Will definitely be going back. Beautiful location and great food.
My fiance ordered the B.L.A.S.T which was she said was ho-hum.
Won’t be returning – Sorry.
The pros: amazing views, good coffee, the British guy on the front counter was very personable, food arrived quickly.
The cons: the food is overpriced, undersized and not particularly done well. For example I had the “Ham off the bone on rye” at $18. The promised ham off the bone was super-thinly shaved and circular like you buy from the supermarket deli. The potatoes in the accompanying potato salad were undercooked (still hard) and drowning in some very average mayonnaise. My husband’s BLAT was tasty but at $22 way overpriced.
If you’re over that side of town and not too fussed about views then The Larder, Polo and Maranui all serve up better food for less $$$.
My husband and I returned a second time for brunch again. This time the experience was much improved – great service, good coffee and both of our meals were nice. I had the Ploughman’s Platter and he had big breakfast. Prices still seem a little on the high side, but I’m guessing the views don’t come cheap.
Our drinks came out at different times and we waited almost an hour for our two meals!! Although the food was ok, the portion was tiny and in comparison to other places on this side of town very EXPENSIVE!
The people at the table near us waited for 40 minutes just for coffee. They definitely need to put more staff on especially considering it was a beautiful Sunday and because of the location they were obviously going to be busy. I will definitely not be going there again.
Just a real shame about the incredibly slow service and then to have our order lost. From the time we ordered to the time our food turned up it was over an hour. If we weren’t able to walk on the beach to kill some time with the kids we would of asked for a refund.
Also the girl taking our order today was surly and not that helpful.
Wouldn’t rush back but may try if in the area.
The menu is informal to the point of laughable, while all the little quips may have sounded hilarious at the time the menu was created, they do little to inspire you to choose something, and my family and I were dissuaded to order off it.
The cabinet food looked as though it had been left out overnight and rejuvenated that morning with water spray to make it look crisp and alive, which made us wonder about the baking and slices they provide.
In the end we avoided the ‘Kitchen Monkeys’ and opted for take-out ice creams. The place has none of the vibe, character or ambience that the Choc Fish had, and as an out-of-towner that revisited the site hoping to be culinarily titillated as I had been with the Choc Fish, I was left disappointed.
While they may have one of the best cafe locations in the city, they certainly do Scorching Bay no justice-o-rama.