Cuisine: Asian
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30
Ranked: #5 of 60 restaurants in Wellington

Vibrant, sophisticated and smoking hot, QT Museum’s restaurant serves up an Asian-inspired menu that’s low on fuss and big on flavour.

Hot Sauce’s menu is perfect for grazing, and sharing with friends. Think delicious share plates like banana leaf wrapped fish of the day, lamb ribs and burnt coconut and mushroom curry. Grab a selection of bao buns and dumplings or tasty skewers loaded with grilled vegetables, free range satay chicken and beef sirloin. From tea smoked duck baos to beef tataki, Hot Sauce offers traditional Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Thai flavours with a contemporary twist.

This sleek restaurant and cocktail bar oozes urban chic. Go for the mouth-watering food and stick around for cutting-edge cocktails, tight tunes and an electric vibe.

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Hot Sauce
90 Cable Street,
Wellington 6011

Open Hours:
Everyday 4pm - 1am

Phone: +64 4 802 8900
Website: www.qthotelsandresorts.com/wellington/eat-drink/hot-sauce/

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Ranked: #5 of 60 restaurants in Wellington 5
Hot Sauce
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: Asian
Mains: $15 - $30
Accepts:   Hot Sauce accepts American Express

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Jennifer Brown

My friend and I were looking for something a little different for our catch up session, and I was excited to see Hot Sauce on First Table having dined there before. Hot Sauce's serves excellent Asian fusion food that is delicious, but light enough that it still feels relatively healthy. We even treated ourselves to dessert! Their pork belly bao and popcorn chicken were highlights. When we have our catch ups we often just sit after our meals just chatting for ages, but we didn't feel rushed as we sometimes do at other restaurants. Staff were very friendly, and checked on us just enough so we still felt looked after even though we were left to chat. Duty manager was also very enthusiastic when we said how much we'd enjoyed our meal.

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We had a wonderful experience at Hot Sauce. Upon arrival, we were shown to our table immediately and we ordered the edamame beans and duck spring rolls, which were incredibly tasty. We also ordered drinks - the Garden Geisha cocktail was a delicious gin based drink that was well presented. We then ordered the pork baos (again, these were amazing) followed by the Asian greens, beef cheeks shared plate and the coconut curry. All in all we had a great experience. The service was excellent and the food could not be faulted. We left extremely full and very satisfied. This restaurant was an excellent find, thanks to First Table, and one we would definitely recommend.

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Sarah Robertson

This was our first time dining at Hot Sauce and what a wonderful experience we had. The restaurant was lovely and open which meant that although they were super busy it wasn't overly noisy. Our waitress and the other wait staff were extremely friendly and helpful, but not too pushy. And the food, it was delicious! I love being able to share and try different dishes and I was not disappointed. I am both gluten and lactose intolerant and was really impressed by the number of allergy friendly options on the menu. We will definitely be returning again, 5 stars from us.

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I took my partner here to celebrate his birthday. We ordered 4 cocktails as it was still happy hour when we got there, yay! For food we had the Charred Bak Kwa pork jerky, Kombu cured tuna, Akaroa Salmon, soft shell crabs and the Shanghai pork pot stickers. Most of them recommended by Zack, the manager who was serving us. They were divine... our faves being the Kombu cured tuna and Shanghai pork pot stickers. We also want to say that the cocktails also complimented the food very nicely. Our two favourites were the Dragon ball and the Peach cocktail. Zack, had excellent service, he was friendly, attentive, professional and went above and beyond to service our needs. We felt such at ease and very well looked after. I'd say we are both some what discerning eaters, we like our food to be simple yet have strong quality flavors, and the ingredients to be fresh. We would 150% come back for more and bring our friends and family too! Thanks for a delightful night!

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We shared several dishes and they were all delicious, were full but ordered dessert anyway and did not regret it! Drinks and service were fantastic as well. Will definitely be back.

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Bree Graczyk

Will definitely be returning to Hot Sauce! Pork Belly skewers--best thing I've had in ages, super tender, wonderful flavour. Chicken skewers--good, but not as memorable. Prawn dumplings--another must order. Kombu Tuna--small but flavourful. Lamb ribs--fatty but delicious. Dessert (pana cotta and fruit salad--not as great as the main dishes, but light and refreshing, if that's what you're after. Overall, great food, attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere make this a winner!

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Great atmosphere and great service! Food was lovely!

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What an amazing food experience. Everything we had was delicious. Plates great for sharing. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend, I know I will definitely be returning.

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Wow, was not expecting the food to be so great but was pleasantly surprised! Every single dish we had was amazing - that says a lot as I'm usually quite picky. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and even the teenagers gave the thumbs up! Will definitely come back again very soon.

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Sarah Bennett

A tantalising menu, which made our mouths water. Immediately my partner spied duck baos and crispy squid. We complemented thsee choices with some beef tataki, pork pot stickers and a larger plate of soft shell crab. We thought we'd go for as many animals as possible!
The presentations beautiful and the taste, even better. Definitely one of our stand out Asian restaurants (and trust me, we've been to a few!). We finished off with the larger plate of popcorn chicken, which tipped us a little over the edge of fullness, but they were gently crispy and not too greasy.
The cocktails were also divine, with a good range.
The ambiance in the restaurant is cosy, red lights, bao steamers and lucky cats everywhere. Most dining is done on high tables - not a problem for us but worth others knowing. Thanks for a great evening Hot Sauce!

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Jacqui Gee

Great atmosphere though plates are very small, happy that we booked with First Table as paying full price would have been over priced.

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Jennifer Brown

My friend and I were looking for something a little different for our catch up session, and I was excited to see Hot Sauce on First Table having dined there before. Hot Sauce's serves excellent Asian fusion food that is delicious, but light enough that it still feels relatively healthy. We even treated ourselves to dessert! Their pork belly bao and popcorn chicken were highlights. When we have our catch ups we often just sit after our meals just chatting for ages, but we didn't feel rushed as we sometimes do at other restaurants. Staff were very friendly, and checked on us just enough so we still felt looked after even though we were left to chat. Duty manager was also very enthusiastic when we said how much we'd enjoyed our meal.

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We had a good experience at the restaurant, we went to celebrate a family occasion and enjoyed our evening.

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Zoë Lowe

Had a lovely dinner at Hot Sauce, I have been wanting to try it for ages! Our waitress was amazing and so helpful, she really made the experience great. The food was delicious, I especially enjoyed the soft shell crab!! Overall excellent experience, will definitely be dining at Hot Sauce again soon.

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Emma de Wit

I don't know why people aren't talking more about this place. All the food was stunning, service was second to none and I really enjoy the fit out and mood of the place. 10/10

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Catlin Ward

Great food and excellent service! We really enjoyed our meal. Can't wait to go back again.

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Good place to go. A idead place for dating with someone.

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We had a wonderful experience at Hot Sauce. Upon arrival, we were shown to our table immediately and we ordered the edamame beans and duck spring rolls, which were incredibly tasty. We also ordered drinks - the Garden Geisha cocktail was a delicious gin based drink that was well presented. We then ordered the pork baos (again, these were amazing) followed by the Asian greens, beef cheeks shared plate and the coconut curry. All in all we had a great experience. The service was excellent and the food could not be faulted. We left extremely full and very satisfied. This restaurant was an excellent find, thanks to First Table, and one we would definitely recommend.

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Sue Reeves

Food and service were great

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This is a great place to share dishes with others, and given this restaurant is a bit on the fancier/pricier side, it really is a perfect choice for First Table indulgence! The service was also top notch with very pleasant and professional staff who make all the difference. And when the bottle of wine we wanted wasn't available, we got given a more expensive bottle for the same price as the one we asked for, saving us about $30 - bonus!

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The food was excellent. Service was great. Love the vibe of the place. Recommend the crispy squid. It was absolutely perfect - crispy on the outside and the squid was perfectly cooked, nice and tender. Also recommend the pork belly and crispy chicken bao's. I won't say much about those as we ordered based on the large number of previous recommendations. Also loved the beef tataki and cured salmon. Overall a great night - thanks Hot Sauce, we'll be back.

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Friendly service and amazing food.

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Lyshe Windy

We were greeted right away after we arrived, escorted to our table at the back. They know we're First Table guest, no question asked, straight forward. The food is great, the portion is a bit small, need to order a lot if you're a big eater. Actually, people come here to drink and have nibbles, not to eat :D

Great night!

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The atmosphere and service were great! The food was delicious, but some dishes were a little small for the price. Loved the crispy squid!

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Great service - super friendly staff and the food was amazing! Highly recommend.

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Josh Barlow

The service was fantastic. Friendly and helpful.
We loved the food, beautiful flavors and spices.

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Elizabeth Trickett

Such a great dining experience! We ate sooo much great food! The service was excellent as well!

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The first time we have dined here. The food was wonderful , nice atmosphere & vibrant restaurant. My only criticism would be, the table we were sat at was very close to the bar and where the staff congregated to chat and we could hear most of their conversation.

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The service was good but personally don’t like the food.

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Great food and service, waitress was amazing at describing the hot sauce service and menu details.
Will be back again

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Donna Dixon

Great Food and service . First table has become a Family Favourite.

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Excellent overall!

Minor note ...
- music bit too loud, didn't seem to suit restaurant theme, ambience or Sunday evening guests.
- Also a vegetarian bao + some vegan options would be great.

Thanks for the opportunity to review & provide feedback :)

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Gayle Ashe

Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Everything we tried was lovely.

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Food was amazing! Definitely we will come back again

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Charlie Ward

Fantastic food, sensual warm asian-like setting, and overall good bag for buck. Would highly recommend for date night

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Waimarama Ryan

Amazing food and love the skewers and popcorn chicken. Must try!!!!

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Alex Belsham

Food was delicious and came out super fast. Ended up getting lots of yummy dishes to share. The popcorn chicken was delicious!! And cocktails were yummy too. Will definitely be coming back and recommending to friends & family.

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Ben Coventry

Excellent service and food. We were well taken care of and the vegetarian options were delicious!

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Our group loved the vibe of this place, it is like something out of 1970's Chinatown, but fancy not seedy. The ambience is dark but the down lights above the table provided good visibility - a necessity when sharing plates. The service was very good - prompt and friendly. The food is OK but quite expensive and the portions are fairly small. We loved the Taiwanese beef cheeks and the soft shell crab, both were delicious. The duck baos were slightly disappointing - the meat was moist but they lacked seasoning. We had a selection of skewers and starters to share amongst us - all were good but again, fairly small portions for the price.

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Victoria Porter

We love the chilled and fun atmosphere at Hot Sauce. There as always interesting dishes on the menu that look as good as they taste. The skewers are particularly good.

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Lovely flavour combinations and enjoyed the sharing plates

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Elizabeth Macmillan

Lovely ambience and food. Service attentive.

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Terrible night outside (weather wise) but made to feel welcome inside. Pleasant informative service, got an upgrade on our wine choice as our pick was out of stock. Yummy well presented plates came out as they were ready, giving us time to taste a little bit of everything. I think we made some great selections - dumplings, wontons, bao buns, curry and popcorn chicken. Finished with a selection of deserts which were well worth leaving some room for. Excellent food and the company was also pretty great!

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Really enjoyed the food at Hot Sauce, though would skip the Tiger Prawn skewers next time... little over cooked and not great value.

Great cocktails. Disappointing that only one Chardonnay was available by the glass that night and it was way over chilled.

I would say this is better for larger groups than couples. We were sat on the end of a high bench right next to a concrete pillar. I would also say the venue seemed quite cavernous and would benefit from some internal screens or changes in height to give the space more private areas

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Benjamin Beachbum

Really enjoyed our first table experience at ' Hot Sauce ' the food was very tasty and the staff were very attentive, definitely recommend a visit!!

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Dyarne O'Hara

Fabulous food , service and atmosphere.
Would definitely go again

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The food was delicious. I would recommend the Thai green curry.

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Zou Zoe

It is a very amazing experience to have dinner in Hot Sauce. As a Chinese, I am not hundred percent like the tase of Wonton and Laksa, but the skewers were highly recommend! If you like a drink, definitely choose Hit Sauce, the cocktails and beer were so good! By the way, thanks for the service there.

Cheers!

Zoe Zou

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Food was amazing. Tasty and fresh. Have recommended Hot Sauce to work mates.

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Fiona D'Souza

The service was wonderful.The food was delicious. Small servings. Great overall experience. Thank you

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The portion size was small (more like tapas style), however, the food was amazing. Service was perfect as well, would recommend trying Hot Sauce out.

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Dominique Joy

This is one of my favourite restaurants!

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The food was delicious and the desserts were amazing. the creme brulee was amazing! Service was very slow. we waited 20mins for menus and to order drinks,but once we got served the food came out pretty quickly. we would definitely go back for the food.

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Ashleigh Rea

Always a delicious time at Hot Sauce, bao buns for the win! Service is great too :) Nice and chill!! Maybe they should flip the wall seats around so I don't slide off them all night, only suggestion!

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Although the portion sizes were rather small the food was delicious! So many different flavours and amazing service, would recommend.

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Great food and service. Would return again and again just for the Popcorn chicken.

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Tim Chaffe

Nice open restaurant with great staff and good food.

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Kris Flower

fantastic food, service and atmosphere. A good range of food and probably the BEST beef I have ever had!

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Donnella Fogarty

The food at Hot Sauce is tasty, quick and well presented. It’s hard not to order one of everything!

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Gordon Lye

Nice food with a great variety, each dish though small, does take a fair bit of time to arrive at your table.

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