Cafe Kaizen – Porirua

Cafe Kaizen –

Reviewed by Fi Fi – March 2014

The Place:

The cafe spills over into the Pataka complex. The view is of a Japanese garden and you can see the library and some of the gallery. It has cooked food as well as food in the cabinets such as slices, cakes, fruit salad etc.  It is a pretty pleasant place to have brunch.

The Service:

The service was pretty average. There is water available which you can help yourself too.  We ordered a side of hash browns and a side of Kransky’s.  We had to ask when these would be coming out, and they finally arrived at least five minutes after our Bene’s did.  One thing worth mentioning is that they brought our son’s meal out really quickly, I would definitely consider this to be a child friendly eatery.

The presentation:

As you can see from the photos – the Benedict looked quite budget. The Montreal looked okay. Nice touch with the chopped parsley.

  • The Benedict and the Montreal – were average.
  • The eggs – were a bit overdone so not the delectable runny eggs we have come to know and love.
  • The Bacon – was budget, chewy and fairly tasteless. It looked budget and tasted budget. For $18.50 surely you could chuck in some good bacon?
  • The Salmon – was average.  Nothing to write home about.
  • The bread – felt like it had been toasted five times.  It was bordering on tasting like cardboard, it certainly felt like that when you were trying to gnaw your way through it.  Come on people – it’s one egg per piece of bread, don’t pile it up in a tower!
  • The hollandaise – the sauce was pretty bland and I felt there was not enough of it, and lets not beat around the bush….it was straight out of a bottle.

Would we go again?

We would go back for a scone and coffee….but definitely not for the Bene or Montreal.  Highly DO NOT recommend the Bene or Montreal. This is the most expensive Bene and Montreal we have come across to date.  $18.50 + $3.00 each for the side of one hash brown or 2 mini Kranky’s.  We actually walked away from here and kinda felt ripped off.


Style: Classic 3/10

Taste: 4/10

Originality: 3/10

Value: 3/10 – at $18.50 + sides – it’s very expensive

Eggs: (how good they were): 4/10 – bit well done and small eggs

Overall score: 3/10

Corner of Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua

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