Our wholesale food service supplies award-winning restaurants

Meat Direct has been supplying leading restaurants, hotels and caterers in Wellington, and throughout New Zealand since 1998. We’ve developed a reputation for strong customer service, and we work closely with our restaurant clients to develop unique menus that create a point of difference, and in more than a few cases, turn judges’ heads at major food awards.   We also work closely with chefs for the annual Wellington on a Plate festival sourcing unique products and cuts.

We supply a wide range of quality products wholesale – beef, lamb, pork, venison, seafood, chicken and duck. If you need something unusual, we can source specialist products such as rabbit, wild pig, thar, eel, hare, and wallaby through our relationships with niche suppliers.

Our refrigerated trucks deliver to restaurants, cafes, and caterers in the Wellington CBD on a daily basis (Monday to Saturday). Products for delivery outside Wellington are transported via chilled freight to arrive the following day.

Achievements of our chef and restaurant clients

Chameleon Restaurant, Wellington

2019 – NZ Cuisine 1 Hat award.   Chameleon Restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel, Wellington took out the title of Premier Master of Fine Cuisine at the 2016 Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards, ahead of 73 entrants from Paihia to Winton.

Chameleon also won awards for Best Beef Dish and Best Metropolitan Restaurant.

Paul Limacher, chef de cuisine at Chameleon, impressed judges with his dish: Silver Fern Farms beef tenderloin, mushroom ragout, roast parmesan gnocchi, button onion and asparagus. Judging co-ordinator Kerry Tyack described Limacher’s dish as:  “Elegant and visually appealing; it was clear every detail had been considered and attended to – plenty of rich, savoury aromas, a perfectly cooked tenderloin and a combination of complementary textures that allowed the meat to reign supreme.”

Ortega Fish Shack & Bar, Wellington

Ortega Fish Shack & Bar in Wellington has enjoyed a run of success at the NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards. Aside from the main award categories, judges may give entrants 1, 2 or 3 Hats (1 Hat is very good, 2 Hats is excellent, and 3 Hats is consistently amazing). In 2014, they were Best Specialist Restaurant Runner Up, and won 1 Hat; and in 2015 and again in 2016 they won 1 Hat. In 2013, Cuisine magazine voted Ortega Fish Shack & Bar one of New Zealand’s top 50 restaurants.

Charley Noble Eatery & Bar, Wellington

Charley Noble has also prospered at the Cuisine Good Food Awards, coming away from the 2014, 2015, 2016 events with 1 Hat each time.   They also received a Cuisine Award in 2019.

Huka Lodge, Taupo

Huka Lodge was named one of the 100 best hotels in the world, the top hotel in New Zealand, and among the world’s premier 20 hideaways by Condé Nast Traveller (UK) magazine in their Readers’ Travel Awards 2016.

Hippopotamus Restaurant, Wellington

Hippopotamus in the boutique QT Museum Wellington won the 2008 Silver Medal of NZ Culinary Fare Restaurant of the Year Collection; 1 Hat at the NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards 2016; and the World Title Dilmah Real High Tea Global Challenge 2015.   Most recently they won 2 Hats at the 2019 NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards.

The Larder, Wellington

The Larder in Miramar won 1 Hat in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at the Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards; and 2 Hats in 2016.

Noble Rot, Wellington 

NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards 2019 – 1 Hat

Capitol Restaurant 

NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards 2019 – 1 Hat

More information

For more information about our wholesale service and prices please send us an enquiry using the form below or alternatively call us on 04 479 9491.