The Oatery

7am–11am, Thurs & Fri at Inglewood Place, Te Aro, Wellington
8am–1pm, Sunday at Harbourside Market, Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington
Porridge $10, granola $10; filter coffee $3

The Oatery is an eatery after my heart – and the spirit of this site – for it sells oat based food. When I say eatery, it is actually a caravan that pops up in one of two locations. You may not know the name of the first, Inglewood Place, but it is an established caravan food spot on the corner of the Taranaki and Dixon streets. And the other, the Harbourside fruit and vegetable market, is a well-recognised Sunday scene and is jammed with food stalls these days. You will find the Oatery at the northern end of the stalls there, near the water.

I chose the apple porridge and filter coffee at the Sunday market. They necessarily come in a paper bowl and cup respectively. The bowl size meant a smallish serving – more of a snack than a hearty breakfast.

The bottom layer of the bowl is porridge, which I think is cooked in oat milk. I couldn’t tell if it was made from rolled oats or oatmeal. This is topped with a generous layer of whole and broken roasted hazelnuts with coconut sugar. There is a bit of salt in there too, so you have a sort of salted caramel taste. Then there is a dense covering of thinly sliced raw apple. The hazelnuts are just delicious, and a great complement to porridge.

The coffee was a bit on the lukewarm side. It was poured from a coffee jug and had been sitting in there for a little too long.

The Oatery sells its own brand of granola, which looks good. You can get it at the caravan, at Moore Wilsons, or online. I’ll report back when I’ve tried it. And their website has some interesting recipes (under ‘journal’) for oat dishes, including delicious sounding fried banana and tahini porridge.

Where do you eat your porridge or granola? It will have to be standing up at Inglewood Place as there is no seating, but there is a Scottish tradition of standing while eating porridge, as I’ve noted on my porridge page. At the Harbourside market there is the lawn at the side of Te Papa (pictured), or on seating by the water. And if it is windy there is a little-known patch of grass hidden around the back of Te Papa to the south of the lawn (best in summer, when the grass is drier and sun shines into the space).

Conclusion

A great idea to have a specialist oats-based food outlet. I’d love to eat the porridge in a real bowl and to have a bit more of it. Here’s hoping the business can expand to further options.

Reviewed October 2019.

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