Joe’s Garage – Te Aro, Wellington

Joe’s Garage –

Reviewed by Fi Fi – April 2014

The Place:

Joe’s Garage is a franchise that originated in Queenstown.  At the time of writing this blog there were 7 located throughout the country.  There is a lot of seating inside and the vibe is quite funky, although they need to consider turning the music down just a tad so that it’s background music and not over powering.  You wait to get seated which took a matter of seconds.

This place caters well for kids including a great kid’s menu to select from and they have felts and colouring in for the kids.

There is even free Wifi here if you need to update your blog 🙂

The Service:

The staff were friendly, service was good but it was really slow for the food to come out which was surprising because they were not overly busy.  We had to ask for a children’s menu (last time we came they saw we had a child with us and the first thing they did was bring over a kid’s menu and colouring in to entertain the child).

The presentation:

The dish was not appealing to us because we could instantly see that the eggs were fried, and we struggled to see past this  Who, in their right mind fries the eggs? Also the cutlery was on our plates, and therefore had sauce on them.  The way the parsley was sprinkled on the plates made it look very much like an afterthought. The kranksy’s did not look very appealing either.

  • The Benedict and Montreal – were okay.
  • The bacon – the streaky bacon was okay, a wee bit salty.
  • The eggs – were free-range, but they were fried!  The menu says grilled, but I say they are fried.
  • The Hash stack – there was lots of it, but it was pretty bland.
  • The hollandaise – was home made and the best part of the meal.
  • The spinach – was a side order and it was okay, just not a lot of it.
  • The salmon – was nice, again just not much of it.
  • The Kranksy’s – was a side order and were not that great.

Would we go again?

No, we were really disappointed.


Style: Classic 5/10 The Benedict is advertised on the menu with the hash stack.  Or you can actually build your own eggs with bacon or mushrooms or salmon with toast.

Taste: 3/10

Originality: 6/10 – They actually do cater for the Benedict, Montreal or Florentine addicts with toast or hash stack, they need to advertise this more correctly in my opinion.

Value: 7/10 The Benedict (bacon and toast), Florentine (spinach and toast) and Mushies (mushrooms and toast) are $16.50 each.  The Montreal (salmon and toast) is $17.80. The equivalent with the hash stack are $15.50 for the Benedict (bacon and hash stack) and Florentine (spinach and hash stack).  The Montreal is or $16.50.  The sides range from $2.30 for avocado to $4.70 for bacon.

Eggs: (how good they were): 1/10. They were fried!  Really! They were not only fried but there were not runny.

Overall score: 4/10

5 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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