You can’t book and Sweet Mother’s Kitchen at 5 Courtenay Place, Wellington is always busy. I’ve been there quite a few times and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the good food. It’s near several large backpackers and the multinational staff change regularly. The menu is American and I invariably order the Jambalaya. Today Grace and I went there for lunch and, recognising that I hadn’t had any chowder for a long time, I ordered the Sweet Mother’s Seafood Chowder ($14.50).
I’m glad that I did. It was really good. I suppose it should be. America is the land of seafood chowder. The Sweet Mother’s version was a good-sized serving. It was accompanied by two slices of lightly toasted bread, with butter on the side if required.
The chowder itself contained shrimps, prawns (a couple of nice big ones), mussels and, I think, a bit of fish somewhere. It had a nice creamy consistency and looked good in the bowl, with a bit of parsley garnish on the top. The mussels and (probably) fish were chopped into smallish chunks. It wasn’t too hot or cold and I really enjoyed my lunch. I’d give it 8.5 out of 10.