Chow

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45 Tory St (at Courtenay Pl), Wellington, New Zealand

Serves meat, vegan options available. Creative, Pan-Asian food with several clearly-marked vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Two-for-one dishes 12-4pm everyday. Two-for-one cocktails on Wed and Sat. Free Wi-fi.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Thai, Beer/Wine, Pan-Asian, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by Yvette Rigby

not overly impressed - Edit

Food took ages and then tasted very average. Incredibly spicy even though we did not ask for extra chilli or anything. Really wanted to like it, but left feeling disappointed. Have heard good reviews however, we could have caught them on a bad day!

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Great vegan options and delicious cocktails - Edit

Chow was an excellent restaurant - from the service, to the drinks, to the food.

For our starter at Chow we shared the crispy seven spice tofu, with sea salt, sesame and chilli soy sauce, which was packed with flavour, perfectly cooked and incredibly moreish (not to mention easy to eat with chopsticks so you look like a pro).

For the main course I opted for the Jungle Curry with roast vegetables, kaffir lime, coconut cream, fried tofu and coriander. The curry was deliciously creamy with light flavours and punchy spice.

The cocktail menu is brilliantly inventive - the Geisha Girls Grog was a delicious strawberry gin cocktail that I just had to recreate when I got home!

I would love to return here one day and hope that you too can enjoy it on your trip to Wellington

Pros: Inventive cocktails, Lots of vegan options, Delicious food

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Great food but not much choice - Edit

We had a lovely meal there - great food, busy noodle-bar atmosphere, friendly staff and reasonable prices. Menu clearly labelled for vegan and vegetarian options which was great. Not a huge selection however so would probably choose somewhere else next time given how Wellington has a lot of vegan choices, but great option for dining with any staunchly omnivorous friends.

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excellent - Edit

Vegan options clearly labeled, and several items served with oyster sauce were able to be veganized by the use of a different sauce. Particularly liked the roasted pumpkin salad.

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Delicious - Edit

All the vegan options are really tasty, we visited twice and tried everything but the salad. Really good!

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good for mixed vegi/omni groups - Edit

im not generally a big fan of this type of Asian food but was impressed with a few of their dishes (especiallly the kim chi gyoza). the menu is labelled clearly (except for the drinks ) service was ok but they mixed up our dinks order a few times and upon arrival of our food we ordered an extra dish that simply never came but wasnt too fussed as we ended up not needing it and they were really busy.i did find the food way too hot for my taste but was sort of expected for Asian food (just not to that extreme)
overall it was a good place to go with a group of mixed vegan/omni people but probably wouldn't make it a regular.

Pros: labelled menu, two for one cocktails

Cons: too spicy, a tad expensive

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Good modern asian food - Edit

Although they're not a vegetarian restaurant, there's plenty of vegetarian and a few vegan dishes on the menu. Dishes are very good in general but often on the hot side.

Pros: Friendly staff, Plenty of vege dishes

Cons: Often very spicy

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Good for mixed veg/omni groups. - Edit

The food is tasty and there are plenty of marked vegan/veg options, as well as dairy free, gluten free, etc. However, it's expensive for what you get (portions are small). I'd only go on the (I think) Monday lunchtime where you get two for the price of one.

A great place to take dedicated omnivores who won't go to a veg-only restaurant, because everyone will be able to find a starter, main and dessert to their liking here.

However, if you're with a mixed veg/omni group, the suggested approach of ordering a bunch of things to share around the table won't necessarily work.

There's also an adjoining cocktail bar, and you can book for a large group with no difficulty.

Pros: Labelled veg/vegan/gf/df options, Can book for large groups

Cons: Expensive, Small portions

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Go for lunch, yummy and cheap! - Edit

Chow has 2 branches in Wellington - the other is on Woodward Ln. Most of the dishes are appetiser-sized, so you should order 2 or 3 to be satisfied (hence why it's good to go during a weekday lunchtime, 1/2 price!). For vegans, there's a main-sized coconut-veggie curry, a pumpkin salad (mmm, and I don't even like coriander), an orange-pistachio salad, melty delicious deep-fried 5 spice tofu, a couple of types of noodles and veggies and some yummy veggie dumplings. My pick of it all would have to be the sticky rice pudding: coconut, bruleed pineapple and rice, tropical comfort food!

Pros: Range of vegan options, Cheap weekday lunches, Cheap Saturday cocktails

Cons: Small portions

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