We popped into the Ernesto popup cafe held at El Matador. Ernesto Cafe use to be located on the corner of Guzhnee Street and Cuba Street opposite Scopa, but had closed down due to the required strengthen work on the the building in which the landlord refused to do anything about it.
We last saw Ernesto back in December 2011, nearly two years ago. I am so glad they decided to make a short come back.
While we were dining there, we found out the owners of Ernesto are the same owners of the current and very popular El Matador – a Spanish/Argentinian grill restaurant.
As we sat down, water and menu arrived immediately. We were given enough time to choose our dishes before someone came to take our orders.
Flat white coffee was delicious and perfect serving size in the tulip cups.
Cuban Black Bean and Chipotle Chilli, Cornbread, Chicken and Chorizo was delicious! the dish itself was a surprise – larger than what i had expected. I loved the spiciness of dish witht he chipotle chilli. The cornbread was delicious! and great to soak up the tomato in the dish.
Chivito: flank steak sandwich w/ avocado, tomato, provolone, cos, chimichurri & mustard, served w/ patatas bravas. You can say all of El Matador all on one plate. Again the dish was a great surprise – larger than what we had expected and beautifully presented. Prior to coming, Plus 1 said “oh the menu looks boring”, but I managed to force him to come with me. When this dish arrived and after a few mouthfuls he was won over. He loved this dish and and raved on how this has been one of the best brunches he has had in a long time.
Lemon Meringue Pie is the best I have had of recent times. The lemon curb is nice and tart and the meringue itself is sweet, when eaten together, the balance of sweetness, acity and tartness are well balance making it a very beautiful pie. It was soo good that I went back the following day to purchase another Lemon meringue pie along with a decadent gluten free chocolate cake to take home.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake – definitely fills the chocolate craving that I have in my stomach all weekend long. The good thing about this cake is that it is not as sweet as other chocolate cakes.
It would be more than fair to say that the patatas bravas are the best in Wellington by a long mile!
I do hope that the Ernesto popup cafe stays. I have thoroughly missed them and their sweet treats ever since they shut up shop.
Location: El Matador – 196 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington