Under the astute hands of new owners, the grand old dame that was once the home of Mark Wallbank’s beloved MooChowChow and Rocco eateries, has experienced a bold rebirth. Going by the name of Teddy’s, the new brasserie is the brainchild of hospitality personalities Oliver Scutts and Rob Hill. Scutts, founder of the NZ Rose Co. and co-creator of the ever-popular Ponsonby hotspot, Annabel’s Wine Bar, has combined his vision for a pared-back eatery with Hill’s experience launching Britomart’s 1885 and running Wellington’s Saint John’s Bar.
Concentrating on a menu that is not overly complicated, diners can expect simple yet elevated servings of Café de Paris steak-frites, pretzel-crumbed chicken schnitzel and char-grilled prawns. Paired with a stellar line-up of wines, contemporary cocktails (think Limoncello Spritz and Negronis), and a house beer brewed by their pals at Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co., it appears to be a promising recipe.
The graphics, charming with a hint of Tin Tin nostalgia, are the work of Studio South, the interior, a collaboration between Scutts and his mother Diana and the build, completed by Jeffery Construction. Light, bright and contemporary with neutral palette and wood panelling throughout, space serves as an alluring new destination to the people of Ponsonby. There’s no denying Teddy’s has big shoes to fill but with a passionate team and iconic location, we’re quite sure it’s destined for success.
Open 7 days
23 Ponsonby Rd
(09) 360 6262