Palace Cafe – Petone, Lower Hutt

Palace Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/PalaceCafePetone

Reviewed by Fi Fi – June 2014

The Place:

This place is funky.  It caters for kids with toys and a great kid’s menu.  There are vegetarian and gluten free options, counter food, build your own brekkie or the set menu.  It’s a relaxed atmosphere with top notch coffee.  The menu works in with the ‘palace’ theme such as you can order the king, or little royal, Queenie etc. It’s relaxing here with no loud music to drown out your dining buddies. The location is perfect, it’s literally on the main drag of Petone so you can potter around the shops after a leisurely spot of lunch.

The Service:

The service was friendly, speedy and the staff were genuinely customer focused.

The presentation:

The dishes looked mouth watering.  The sprouts added a pleasant touch and added flavour, and the pepper cracked and scattered over the dish added a visual effect.

  • The Benedict and Montrealwere delicious.
  • The ham – was thick, chunky and tasty.  Not too salty and just the right amount to compliment the bene.  It was great that you could choose between either ham or bacon.
  • The Salmon – was little salmon steaks.  There was plenty of it and it melted in your mouth.
  • The Hash Browns – the hash browns were warm and crunchy.
  • The muffin – was great, still a tad crunchy.
  • The eggs – were runny, warm and delicious.
  • The hollandaise – was homemade, had depth to it and it delicious.  Just the right amount, it was warm and flavoursome.

Would we go again?

Absolutely, this was an enjoyable brunch.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 6/10

Taste: 6/10.  Overall the Bene was pretty average.

Originality: 7/10 – Brownie points here because you can choose either ham or bacon for the bene.

Value: 9/10 The Florentine is $15, the Benedict with ham or bacon is $16, and the Montreal is $17.  The sides are either $3 or $4.  For $3 you get two has browns which is great value.

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

Overall score: 8/10

117 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt.

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