Reviewed by Fi – June 2014
This place is tucked away in an office park just a stone’s throw from Addington Raceway. There is an abundance of counter food or a varied menu to choose from. There are vegetarian options and gluten free options. Although not a separated kiddies menu you have a lot of child friendly options to choose from. The coffee is simply awesome and you can get take away super large ones….whoop whoop! You can sit inside or outside and there are newspapers and mags to read while you wait for take aways or sit and dine.
The service is always friendly, speedy and you feel like you are one of the team.
The dishes looked yummy, The cracked pepper added a nice touch. I think they tried to be trendy with the way they layered the hollandaise on but it almost looked like they tried too hard.
- The Montreal – was pretty yummy.
- The Salmon – was amazing. Thick junks of salmon steak that made my knees go weak. This cafe understands a Montreal fan.
- The ciabatta – was really good. Crunchy, but not over toasted.
- The eggs – cooked to perfection. Well done Chef, you have a fan club.
- The hollandaise – was straight out of the bottle and the only thing that really let this culinary masterpiece down.
Would we go again?
In a heartbeat, it’s the salmon that I long for….and the coffee and service.
Style: Classic 7/10. More points for the fact that they used real salmon steaks.
Taste: 8/10. Yum, it was the salmon steak that was the show stealer for me.
Originality: 7/10 – considering most places use slices of salmon, this cafe deserves some recognition for real salmon steaks,
Value: 9/10 The two options are the Benedict which is $16, or the Montreal/Florentine (Spinach and Salmon).
Eggs: (how good they were): 8/10. They were cooked to perfection.
Overall score: 8/10
55 Princess Street, Riccarton, Christchurch.