Dined here in the weekend, we went for an early dinner so getting a table was not a problem, we have tried coming here a few times but there is always a wait.
I liked how you could choose you sides! I had the ribs with seasonal veges and beans with rice. Ribs were fantastic!! My partner had the jerk chicken with creamy spanish & curly fries, he loved his meal. They meals were a excellent size, but we were full, but didn't feel stuffed.
Dessert was next, bread andbutter pudding was good, however the donuts were VERY dry and I think they had been over cooked.
Service was mixed, as it was starting to get very busy you could tell they wanted our table.
Overall, great meal.
Headed into Sweet Mother's Kitchen for a solo breakfast while in Wellington for a two-day visit. Arrived shortly after 8am so there was no trouble getting a table. I liked the eclectic decor. Menu was varied enough to give me serious pause as to what to order. Service from the young lady was courteous enough. Had one coffee, a long black. I'm quite familiar with Supreme coffee, and this was definitely an average-to-poor one. Over-extracted and lack of crema. Breakfast was "Flossy's Favorite", containing lots of the best things for brunch - Potato rosti, black beans, mushrooms, eggs, topped with hollandaise. Tasted great, but my goodness I have never seen such a sloppily presented plate. It's hard to feel the love from the chef when it's all just chucked on in one sloppy mess. Tasty, but I didn't feel like I was having an exceptional experience.
I was taken to SMK by an exlocal who recommended it. I found the service to be a little mixed (like asking for a menu, being told sure and then the waitress walking off and leaving me standing in the middle of the restaurant like an idiot) but for the most part it was good.
Curly fries and aioli - Holy moly I want to buy a giant bottle of that aioli and put it on everything, including ice cream. It was amazing.
Ribs - Good portion, and the BBQ sauce was amazing. The rib meat was a little dry, but saved by the sauce.
I would have loved to try a piece of pecan pie, but we were too full!
I'd go back next time I'm in Wellington.
We spent a few days in Wellington recently and visited SMK on the recommendation of a friend and it quickly became our favourite. We came for dinner and breakfast and would have happily done lunch if they were open on Queens Birthday Monday.
Loved their New Orleans style menu and the food was delicious and well priced. The curly fries are the best. We came for a dinner of Po Boys, sides and beer and then a leisurely breakfast. Chicken and waffles are a rare sight in New Zealand so I'm glad I got to try it. It was just how I imagined it would be. Service was good, better at dinner than breakfast, but I put it down to the staff being quite young and the hour being too early for cheery service. I'm sure it warms up as the day goes on.
There's plenty on the menu for vegetarians but avoid if you're on a diet. The food is unapologetically hearty. Looking forward to another visit next time we are in Wellington to tick off more on their menu. This place is something special.
Sweet Mother's is a busy cafe that offers a really broad menu including everything from Burritos to Gumbo, Huevos Rancheros to Jerk Chicken. It's the sort of place that doesn't exist enough in New Zealand, offering an environment that is casual, and food that may not always be fine dining, but is certainly a great example of 'soul food', being both satisfying and sumptuous.
Probably the best thing on the menu is the Pulled Pork Po Boy, which is a simple Baguette-style sandwich filled coleslaw and slow cooked pork. You can't help but feel like you're in New Orleans eating on of these, and the Creole Prawn version is just as good.
Sometimes the service is a bit forgetful, but it is busy, and any complaints are countered by the fact you can talk and laugh without feeling out of place. Forget about the hipsters and enjoy yourself, Sweet Mother's is relaxed lot of fun.
I love this place and haven't been in awhile. I've always wanted to try the beignets and coffee and my friend had the same. Delicioso and very well priced. Coffee and service great too. I'm ploughing my way through the menu. I'll be back. Happy New Year Sweet Mothers!
Everytime I come back here I try and convince myself that I love SMK food and service despite what my belly is saying. The food is incredibly boring/bland and I feel I could get better (for cheaper) at any generic cafe. The atmosphere is great, but that's aboout it sadly- FOH is incredibly hit and miss with the kitchen being largely miss (forgetting things, and scraping avocado off a meal when it was stressed the diner was ALLERGIC). I have tried so many different dished in the hope that it is just my orders/off-day but I have concluded it's not. Sorry SMK, I want to like you, I really do...but I just can't.
It's great to have a local brunch spot you can rely on for consistently good food and service. The food is always very fresh and tasty. The staff are attentive without being over the top. Has a great relaxed atmosphere. Overall an enjoyable place to dine.
In town on a Friday night we walked the main drag looking in windows and considering menus, and then we saw Sweet Mother's and thought, yea, why not. It was full (most others weren't) and we grabbed an outside table with menus and water delivered pretty quick and considered our options. It took a wee while to get served, but not so long we were worried about it, and we grabbed several plates to share and some beer to wash it all down. Sadly, being outside, we were in the smokers zone. Not usually an issue, but you are packed in pretty close and our neighbours were smoking some particularly stinky stuff. As our food arrived we were offered an inside location which we jumped at! We got stuck into our quesadilla, burrito, jambalaya and curly fries and liked it all. The jambalaya was full of flavour, but the others were very tasty and I'd have been happy with any of them on their own, but happily got to try them all :)
We were too full for dessert, but next time I'll be in! Service was pretty good, food was really quite good, and customers quite mixed. I'm keen to return.