After we had finished our ski season in New Zealand, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel around the rest of New Zealand for about 3 weeks. We hired a campervan and went travelling all the way up the South and North Island.
We didn’t get much opportunity to eat out because we were on a tight budget. But we still couldn’t stop ourselves from searching out some vegan restaurants and making sure to include that in our trip.
One place we didn’t want to miss was Boquita in Wellington. They’re a 100% plant based Mexican restaurant. I love Mexican, as does Sam and I really like going to places that are 100% vegan. There’s no stress that you’ve accidentally been given something non-vegan because there’s nothing non-vegan on the menu.
We decided to head there after a day wandering around Wellington. I was expecting a restaurant so I was surprised to discover that actually it’s a small take-out with some seating available. It was beautifully decorated and really modern looking though, so even though we were the only ones in there I was quite happy to sit in. Whilst the menu is small, the focus is on tacos, and they all sounded amazing.
To start, we ordered some totopos and dips. Totopos are basically corn chips but they were much harder, and actually really tasty. There were 5 dips in total. You can’t deny that they look amazing, but then they tasted even better. Unfortunately for the life of me I can’t remember what they all were, but there was a guacamole based one, a beetroot based on and a mole bean based one. In places like this I think sometimes it can be tempting to not get a starter or side, but you need this in your life.
Then for our main we got 3 tacos each. There were four to choose from in total; 3 on the menu and then a special. We both ordered the same. A falafel one, tempeh on and the seasonal one. They were the most amazing and delicious tacos I’ve ever had. I wish I could go and have them again, but unfortunately they’re on the other side of the world to me right now. They’re all cooked completely fresh and they’re the best examples of yummy plant based cooking.
As always, we couldn’t leave without getting dessert. They offered dessert empanadas so we had one each. The flavour depends on the day. Ours was chocolate and peanut butter, but with a spicy peanut butter. Whilst it sounded amazing on paper, I couldn’t help but being a bit disappointed with it. I think it needed to be sweeter. The chocolate was quite bitter, especially with the spicy peanut butter, but it was still interesting to try something so different.
If you’re around and about in Wellington, then you need to visit here. It’s a fantastic example of plant based food and just how delicious being vegan really is.