Southern Cross – Te Aro, Wellington

Southern Cross –

Reviewed by Fi Fi – April 2014

The Place:

This place is simply amazing.  There is enough seating to service a small village.  You can sit at a table, inside or out or in a booth.  There are fire places everywhere to keep you warm.  The menu’s cater for every palette from salads for the health conscience (or dieting stick), Surf and Turf, or Brunch.  You can order anything from Cheerio’s with tomato sauce to scrambled eggs.  Furthermore it’s a delight to bring your kids.  They have a great kid’s menu, fun activities, toys and they even have face painting on the weekends.

The Service:

The staff are super friendly here.  They know what customer service is.

The presentation:

The dish looked more inviting with the side of hash browns as opposed to the side of sausage. It looked okay, but nothing to do cartwheels over.

  • The Benedicts – were okay.
  • The bacon – was free-range and you could taste it.  It looked good and tasted good.
  • The eggs – were free range.  They tasted okay but were a bit overdone.
  • The Hash browns – were crunchy and warm, just how I like them.
  • The Sausage – it was okay, but nothing special.
  • The hollandaise – was pretty good, again nothing special.
  • The English Muffins – were okay, don’t get too excited though.

Would we go again?

We would, but I might stick to getting a plate of cheerios or look at a burger.


Style: Classic 4/10.

Taste: 5/10

Originality: 5/10 – Nothing original here.  It’s a shame they no longer serve the Montreal.

Value: 5/10 The Benedict (with bacon ) was $17 + $4.50 each for the Hash browns and Lamb and Thyme sausage.  You can also order the Florentine for $17.  Sides range from $2 for pesto to $6 for free-range bacon.

Eggs: (how good they were): 5/10. The eggs were free-range, but overdone.

Overall score: 5/10

39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington.


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