Gone are the days of shopping mall food courts that have the acoustics of an indoor swimming pool. We’re into the era of stylish eating and Wellington is home to one of the nicest food halls around. Press Hall on Willis Street is a food court setting you’ll actually want to spend your lunch break in.
The space is open, classy and casual, and gives you ample dining options. Whether you’re looking for #healthvibes or a bowl of carby goodness, Press Hall has enough options for you to eat a different cuisine every day of the week, and with stores offering a range of deals and cheap eats it’s available to everyone. Plus with vegan nights and markets, Press Hall is creating an inviting space for everyone to come together over food whether it be a weekday lunch, Saturday brunch or an evening drink.
We’ve gathered some of the best eateries in Press Hall, now all you have to do is decide which one to visit first.
A banh Mi is something we’ll never say no to, and when it’s from Nam D there’s all the more reason to get excited. With all our Vietnamese favourites such as lemongrass pork, five spice beef, and spicy tofu, they’re always whipping up something that will leave you satisfied. If you’re not in the market for a Banh Mi sandwich, try one of their fresh noodle salads and top it off with one of their fresh squeezed juices—trust us, the watermelon juice is incredible and goes down so well in the sunshine that you’ll be walking back to Press Hall for seconds.
When we see avo on toast, single origin coffee, cold pressed juice and ‘flux bowls’ (fancy name for salad) on a menu, it screams Wellington cafe culture (and a millennial foodie's dream). The Lab knows its customers and serves up nutritious cafe breakfasts and lunches that are both 'Gram worthy and delicious. If for you, health is wealth, dive into a bowl of superfoods. They’re filled with seasonal veg, quinoa, and a range of meats, dressings and other toppings. You don't have to be health conscious to enjoy these superfood salads.
A staple on the Wellington pizza scene, Tommy Millions occupies the outside corner of Press Hall. Serving either by the slice or whole pie, the New York style pizza slaps every. Single. Time. Their Monday and Tuesday O.G lunch deal is pretty unbeatable—with two huge slices of their original pizza going for only five bucks you absolutely cannot go wrong. Apart from The Deal, they serve a range of perfectly crafted slices and the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what flavour to choose. (We’re going for the Alfie). Oh, did we mention? They also do a delicious vegan pizza too!
Japanese cuisine has much more to offer than just sushi, and the folks at Yoshi are showcasing that at their Izakaya-style eatery. As well as sushi, enjoy ramen, plates of fresh sashimi, poke and bento bowls and other made-to-order Japanese meals and snacks. Along with well crafted Japanese food, Yoshi brings us some of our favorite Japanese alcohol to enjoy too. Sit down and enjoy your meal with a hot or cold sake, an Asahi or a Japanese favourite—whisky highball.
Souvlaki At Acropolis
When the familiar 12pm stomach grumble begins and we want Greek, Souvlaki at Acropolis is there to save us. With pitas, salads and burgers their menu is surprisingly big and gives you endless options to satisfy your halloumi fix. As we all know you can't go wrong with a pita, and when it’s filled with Greek marinated meat, salad and tzatziki, the result is something worthy of our love. Gluten-free friends rejoice! Their GF pita is arguably the best in town. So gather your friends chow down on a pita at Press Hall, plus do yourself a favour and try their oregano and feta fries. You won’t regret it.
Fratelli Pasta Bar
If you, like us, and probably the rest of the world, have a thing for carbs, then you need to try Fratelli. In the morning they start the day by serving Flight coffee and pastries and move onto the pasta goodness for lunch. From lasagne and pasta salad to modernised versions of all Nonna’s classic dishes, Fratelli serves up extremely good pasta at an extremely good price. Starting from $12 a bowl, your wallet, your stomach and your heart will be happy with your lunch choice. Want our top pick on the menu? It's the tagliatelle with braised meat ragu and it’s quite simply, superb.
Ahh Lucky, the hug of all comfort foods and the masters of fried chicken. Lucky is the newbie in Press Hall, though it’s not their first rodeo. This is store number two for them, and the new, conveniently located store is just as good as number one. A standout menu item at Lucky is the Jackpot—they’ve taken a piece of fried chicken and a piece of fried halloumi and slapped them between two pillowy-soft buns. The result is a show-stopping winner and perfect for when you can't decide between the two. And why should you indeed.
If Indian food and buffet are in the same sentence, we’re listening and and when it’s only $19, you should be too. Indian Alley is Press Hall’s inhouse buffet; you know the drill—eat as much or as little as you like. There’s five different curries on offer including vegetarian and meat options, rice and naan. If buffet isn't your thing, warm your soul and order flavour-bomb dishes like Daal Makhani and veg korma. Whether it’s the one dish, or the full-on buffet, no matter what you eat, you won't be disappointed.
What: Press Hall
Where: 80 Willis St, Wellington, 6011
When: (Check individual store hours as they may differ)