Ti Kouka is the Maori name for the Cabbage Tree. It is also the name of a café at 76 Willis Street owned by Jesse Simpson. Jesse spent many hours as a young boy helping his father, Philip Simpson, in the field while he researched and then authored Dancing Leaves a widely respected and, authoritative account of the cabbage tree in New Zealand. It is not surprising then that Jesse named his café Ti Kouka. The café serves breakfast and lunch.

Why am I telling you this? Well Ti Kouka matched our wines with their Wellington On A Plate (WOAP) lunch menu. Even more thrilling is that Ti Kouka has been nominated as one of five finalists for the Visa Wellington on a Plate Award.

To celebrate this success, we are offering a Ti Kouka WOAP lunch voucher for two valued at $70:00. To be in to win this voucher visit The Cabbage Tree Vineyard website, play the video and find out the name the dog featured in the video. Send this information to We will draw a random winner on the 14th 

David and I dined at Ti Kouka recently. We were pleased to meet some of the staff.You may recognise them when you visit the café during WOAP which runs from 15 – 31 August.




Penny in background, Alice and Jessie                                                                                                                             Chef Tom and kitchen hand Mike

The menu for Ti Kouka Visa Wellington on a Plate is;


Longbush Pork Rillette with Leeds Street Bakery bread and mostada, or
Wairarapa Eco Farm root vegetable salad, slow cooked poached egg and Greytown Gold saffron aioli


Yellow Bick road fish with hazelnut crust, wasabi broth, kale, lemon and soy, or
Braised Boomrock lamb neck with black garlic, shiitake and hand rolled pici noodles


Kingsmeade Tinui blue and fig jam with Loukoumi Turkish delight on 100% rye bread, or
Prune and rum baba with Wellington Chocolate Factory cocoa nibs, poached plums and cream


The Cabbage Tree Vineyard Martinborough Merlot or Chardonnay, Panhead XPA, Six Barrel Soda Co. or Red Rabbit Coffee

Friday 8th of August 2014

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