When I go and see art, particularly dance, I like to see some fireworks. That doesn't have to mean they're doing the splits on top of a pile of squirming cats surrounded by dry ice (though, come to think of it, that might be cool) but too much subtlety and in-jokiness is completely lost on me - I'm a total pleb, mmkay? Which is why I was so impressed when I walked into Big Bad Wolf - they had a pig on a spit! Just casually rotating in the corner, as you do.
Their main focus though, is charcuterie, which as a food genre is pretty poorly represented in New Zealand - sad, because cured meat particularly (though they also have sausages, rillettes and terrine among other things) can really enhance your life through convenience, and give me convenience or give me death I say. Think about it; it can go with you on a roadtrip, camping, on picnics - hell, you can probably post cured meat and it would be okay (pleasedon'tsuemeifyoudieoffoodpoisoning).
When I went to Big Bad Wolf with the Gingerbear, I ate the pig on a spit sandwich and he had meatballs in tomato sauce off the blackboard lunch menu, both of which were a bargain considering the size and deliciousness of them and the baguette was just right - crisp and shattery on the outside and soft but substantial within. Later the same day skinny meat - so called by Team because it is generally sliced thinly - was purchased; the jamon iberico was slightly chewy with a background of melty fat and the soppressata was pleasing also. I don't particularly love jelly in its savoury incarnations but the terrines were rather intriguing; they have things like alligator and wallaby which, if you're a seeker of novelty foods like me, is a thrill.
The service is also awesome, especially if you like to be called "darling" by strangers and regaled with stories of the provenance of the food. I'm going back soon, hopefully for dinner - the two-course menu is $50 and three-courses are $60.
Big Bad Wolf's website is here and they're open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday from 12-2pm and dinner 6-10pm but the shop is open Tuesday to Friday 9-5.30pm and weekends 10-3pm. You can call them on 04-382-9111 and they are located at 262 Wakefield Street, Wellington Central, Wellington next to Commonsense Organics.