Cafe Vella – Plimmerton, Porirua

Cafe Vella – http://plimmerton.org.nz/business-directory/cafes-and-restaurants/cafe-vella/

Reviewed by Fi Fi – August 2014

The Place:

You can sit inside or outside.  This quirky little renovated house serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The only downside (and only a teeny tiny one) is that this place is rather small and so the seating feels really crammed.  Some would say this adds to it’s quaintness.  There is an abundance of counter food to chose from and loads of gluten free options.  You can order freshly made pasta or a simple scone depending on your appetite. The coffee is good as well.  There is art and colour to entertain you visually.  There is a real friendly, welcoming vibe, almost like you have just popped in to see one of your long lost mates.

The Service:

The service was great, we were greeted with a smile.

The presentation:

The dish looked inviting.  The sprinkle of parsley added a splash of colour.

  • The Benedict – good. was really great. Have been here a few times and they never fail to please.
  • The Muffins – were okay, but nothing exciting.
  • The eggs – perfectly good. Runny and Warm and Free Range as a FYI.
  • The bacon – was good, but not great.
  • The hollandaise – is out of a bottle.

Would we go again?

You can’t fault the quaintness of the place, the art or the coffee.  I would go again for the counter food and the coffee, not the bene but only because I enjoy the Montreal much more.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 6/10.

Taste: 6/10. The taste was okay.

Originality: 5/10 – It’s the pretty standard selection of either Spinach or Bacon.

Value: 7/10. It’s pretty reasonable here. The Benedict (bacon) or Florentine (spinach) are both is $16. Unfortunately they do not service Montreal (salmon).  The homemade hash browns made up for this and were a good price at $4   The sides range from $2 (hollandaise) to $5 for sides such as bacon or mushrooms.

Eggs: (how good they were): 5/10. They were warm, but slightly overdone.

Overall score: 6/10

12 Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton, Porirua

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