Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
Wellington City 04-385 4444
- Sun – Thu 8am – 10.30pm
- Fri – Sat 8am – Late
- Children's Menu
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Liquor License: Licensed
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: No
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Dinner
Sweet Mother’s Kitchen specialises in friendly and relaxed home cooking with influences from New Orleans and Mexico
62 Reviews for Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
I ordered the quesadilla the food was tasty but nothing I couldn’t replicate my milkshake was good but not as good as the one I tried at beach babylon few weeks ago.
In synthesis my experience could’ve been a lot better if the wait staff weren’t that worried about being cool and were more interested in serving maybe some spicy salsas on offer for the quesadillas would’ve got an extra star.
No need to worry about Michelin stars, because the only thing youre going to get are is a Michelin tire (100 eco friendly, recycled) sized waist, and remember, don’t check your bank balance after, you might just get a fright!!
The service was absolutely atrocious initially. It took half an hour for them to take our breakfast orders (table of five).
We had two waitresses serve us this visit, the first one was openly hostile and when at the 25 minute mark I tried to attract her attention to take our orders, she looked right at me and walked straight past on her way to sit outside smoking.
The second waitress was far more polite and friendly and obviously much better at providing FOH service than her co-worker.
After this latest experience I won’t be returning and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this place.
Such a shame that this cafe with such potential, great food, good location is let down so badly by such terrible service.
There is a sign above the counter that says “Be nice or leave.”, perhaps some of the waiting staff should take this advice.
For sides, the creamed spinach is good and the curly fries are excellent (so is the spicy aioli).
The staff are friendly and helpful. My one complaint is that you almost always have to wait at least 20 minutes for dinner if you’re more than one person, because they don’t take reservations. Very frustrating!
Awesome selection of food – from smaller sandwich type po-boys to burritos (the pulled pork is AMAZING) to bigger mains like the fried fish (another favourite) and ribs. The mushrooms on the brunch menu and the potato hash are also unforgettable as is the swamp dip – a spinach and cheese dip served with baguettes.
The best with SMC comes last – all be it the mains are hard to beat. The key lime pie has to be almost better than the genuine key lime pies I tasted whilst holidaying in Miami and The Keys. Not sure what the recipe is but they certainly have it perfected. The peanut butter cheesecake type offering is also incredible – grab the two and share if you have room left.
Didn’t quite give it the 5 starts because sometimes the service particularly if they are busy leaves a little to be desired. If you have to wait for a long period of time thats fine – but I have experienced only a handful of times, that we could of been spoken to a little friendlier!
We shared a bowl of curly fries, and a peanut butter milkshake. The milkshake was delicious, the curly fries nice but not amazing.
Our waiter seemed as though he didn’t want to be at work and did not listen properly to our order. I ordered the pulled pork po boy sandwich and what came out was a prawn po boy. I didn’t realise until I started eating it. The waitress I told was very apologetic and she fast-tracked the pork po boy through the kitchen (she was good at her job). Once I got my correct meal, I enjoyed it. My sister had the beef taco and enjoyed her meal. We were impressed that the beef was real chunks of beef, not mince.
Overall, we were not particularly impressed with the service, although the food is cheap and quite tasty for the cost. Will not be in a rush to return though.
Don’t go if your in a rush and want your own table. Go there relaxed with lots of time to chill with the other significant you have gone with. Chat, eat some southern comfort, and drink some spirits.
The service is was it is, I don’t rush them, they don’t rush me. It is pretty damn popular and a small place to cater for all of us coming at the same time. Instead of expecting them to have a table waiting for you, maybe ring everyone in Wellington who has decided to go there at the same time and tell them to buggar off! Otherwise wait the wait.
A good Wellington fav for me. Finish it off with some drinks at Motel,Library,Matterhorn or Havana and a late night coffee at Fidels.
If your wanting more, and feel intimidated by the feel of SMK and want better service, maybe pay more for what your wanting at Boulcott Street Bistro or Logan Brown or Shed 5! You will pay 6 times the price and you may be shocked to see the the service or the wait may not be all that different.
Reality check! SMKs prices are pretty damn good.
I get it that they got their reputation by word of mouth and the fact that they’ve been around for ages, but it doesn’t mean that they can relax and stop caring. And now that another Cajun/Creole place has opened in town and their service and food was MUCH better, I’d be going there instead.
But recently I went and had such a bad experience… Ive never found the service there that great but the food always made up for it, but this time there was no food to go with the extremely bad service..
When w arrived it was busy but there were a few tables empty so we go a table straight away and were given menus, it took about 10mins for someone to come over and take our orders. after about 30mins we noticed that the two tables that were seated after us had got their meals, we asked the waitress who then responded “do you have deadline? are you in a hurry, because if you are I can tell the chef”. I was so shocked by her response, I politely said that we had been waiting over 30min and it seemed the tale next to us that came 15mins after us got there meals before us, she then walked of with no response, she came back saying they wont be long.
after 30 more mins she said a she walk past “not to long now” with a sight smirk on her face.
The table next to u were getting as pissed off as we were and suggested we go ask for the manager, at this stage I was so hungry and over it I walked up to the counter and told them we had been waiting over an hour for our meals and were getting extremely bad service and were going to leave, the waitress I was talking to looked at us and walked off without saying a word to us.
I was so shocked, we left and felt so disappointed, I wrote an email explaining what happened and got a reply saying more or less “sorry we have had a huge staff turnover”.
WTF!!!! I was so disappointed, I worked in the restaurant business for over 12yrs and have never received such amazingly bad service!! We use to go to Sweet Mama’s all the time but haven’t been back since, and most of my friends refuse to go there as well… So disappointed, I thought I was onto a good thing but I was so wrong!
I arrive straight from work in my flats, black A-line skirt and conservative pearls… I queue to get in the door. In my hand I hold my car keys and movie tickets to the latest rom com at Reading Cinemas… I am seated after 45 minutes drinking Monkey Bay chardonnay at the bar. I order the chicken breast and an orange juice… The food arrives cold and late with no smiles or manners.I leave in my BMW which took me years to save for while working in advertisement. I will never go back again.
Sweet Mothers Kithcen is an incredible cafe……. When you play by their rules.
Liked the menu but the staff were just ambivalent.
Keen to try more on the menu as we asked the table next to us who seemed like ‘regulars’ what was best.
Will go back & hopefully the staff have picked up their smiles & pace & the new dishes we try are as good as todays
We just wanted a snack because we were fending off any sense of hunger before a 2hr movie. Ordered the curly fries and the chicken wings – but there was a lot of tempting looking bits and pieces on the menu.
Service was pretty good. The woman behind the counter was pretty attentive and we were seated quickly. Given there wasn’t a huge amount of food ordered, it’s hard to say much about it … but I enjoyed it. The curly fries were … curly and came with a really nice dipping sauce. The chicken wings weren’t overly spicy and they were tasty, but incredibly oily. In fact they came in a plastic bowl thingy with holes, the bottom of which is lined with baking paper. This meant the oil just oozed onto the table, making for a messy experience.
Can’t say the food was absolutely divine, but would happily try it again if only because the rest of the menu looked tempting.
I ordered the Boom Boom BBQ Chicken, it was delicious! the size was just right and they have a good range of sides to choose from.
The food came out quickly and the place was buzzing with people, all in all it was a really good night.
One American lady next to me was concerned if it was good gumbo. She was not disappointed. It was good gumbo!
The food surely is delicious and I like to take people there who are visiting Wellington.
If it wasn’t packed with smokers in the outside dining area, it would be a lot more pleasant on a hot day.
The staff are always busy too. But polite and you can usually hail a waitress/ waiter down if you need something.
When you arrive, you wait to be seated and pay before you leave. I have had a friend who had to run back in because he had forgotten to pay.
Recommended: An enjoyable meal!
As for the service, my experience was awesome. The place was packed, and they took a reservation for us (which they don’t do) and let us go drink at another bar until they called our mobile phone when a table became open.
As for the food…all I can say is ‘Thank You’. As an American living in NZ it is very difficult to find authentic Mexican (as it is also hard to find in America, Taco Bell is not authentic, nor are many other Mexican places through out the world).
To elaborate about the food. It was awesome Cajun food (as the restaurant claims to be). The ribs were great, the wings were great, the dessert was great. My lady had the jambalaya and also agreed. Portions were more than we could handle. Timing was great. Service was great for a place that was SO SO VERY PACKED….which added to the environment they are catering for….
I would HIGHLY recommend this place and can’t wait to return to Wellington to go again.
Colorful atmos & friendly staff.