Barista – Palmerston North

Barista – http://www.barista.co.nz/

Reviewed by Karen and Fi Fi – July 2014

The Place:

This cafe is has a great location just a few metres from the hustle of other cafes and very close to the mall and surrounding shops. There is a huge menu to chose from and you can build your own brekkie if you so desire.  There is even a ‘High Tea’ option if that tickles your fancy.  The menu is really varied from a platter to a salad and you can go gluten free. The coffee was nice and came out fast.

The Service:

The service was fast but nothing to rave about.

The presentation:

As you can see the dish was nicely presented, enough to tempt my taste buds.

  • The Benedict – good. was really great. Have been here a few times and they never fail to please.
  • The Montreal – good. There was quite a bit of salmon.
  • The Muffins – were crisp.
  • The eggs – were done just right.
  • The Spinach – there was plenty of spinach, cooked just right.
  • The bacon – was slightly overdone.
  • The Hash Browns – they were crunchy and yum.
  • The hollandaise – homemade and tasty.  There could have been more of it, but overall very good.

Would we go again?

Yes, we would for the fast service.  Again its good, but We wouldn’t say it was great.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 6/10. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste: 7/10. The taste was good.

Originality: 5/10 – It’s the pretty standard selection of either Salmon or Bacon. It must be noted that you can substitute the bacon or salmon for roasted tomato and spinach which is a tasty alternative.

Value: 7/10. It’s pretty reasonable here. The Benedict is $17 and the Montreal (which comes with spinach) is $18.  The sides are fairly reasonable with most being $4 a side.

Eggs: (how good they were): 6/10. They were runny and warm.

Overall score: 7/10

George Street, Palmerston North

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