The Cooperage – Palmerston North

The Cooperage – http://www.thecooperage.co.nz/

Reviewed by Karen – June 2014

The Place:

There is a kid’s menu which is great for those dining with their bundles of joy.  Coffee was good and so was my dinning friend’s burger meal.  The menu ranges from snacks such as fries or dips and breads, a brekkie menu or a yummy chicken salad etc. Otherwise there is plenty of cabinet food, gluten free and vegetarian options as well.  They even do out catering, have conference facilities and can do special set menus on demand.  Just a hop, skip and jump away from the Square in case you want to do a spot of shopping after your well deserved brunch or meeting.

The Service:

The service for ordering and paying at the counter was slow, but this would be the only ‘negative’ about the service and the food.  Once you ordered the food it was quick to arrive at your table.  The place is busy but it manages ambience as well.

The presentation:

The presentation was beautiful.  The rocket added colour and texture to the flavour,  The balsamic and hint of olive oil added a touch of class to the dish.

  • The Benedict – was spot on.
  • The bacon – good amount of nicely cooked and unfatty bacon.
  • The Rocket – was crunchy and added a different dimension to the bene.
  • The Croissant – added a different, but yummy twist to the dish.
  • The Hash brown – was nice, extra nice knowing it was free.  They actually never charged me for it because I asked for one and usually when you order a side of hash browns you get 3 of them and it costs $4.
  • The eggs – were perfectly cooked.
  • The hollandaise – was home made and really nice.

Would we go again?

Yes we would.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 9/10

Taste: 7/10

Originality: 9/10 – This is an original way to serve up Eggs Benedict.  Adding the Croissant, rocket, balsamic and olive oil was magical.

Value: 8/10 The Benedict is $17. The Montreal is $17.50.  The sides range from $2 to $4 which is fairly reasonable.

Eggs: (how good they were): 9/10. They were cooked to perfection.

Overall score: 7.5/10

723 MainRoad, Palmerston North

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