Thunderbird – Wellington CBD

Thunderbird – http://www.thunderbirdcafe.co.nz/

Reviewed by Fi Fi – July 2014

The Place:

You can sit inside or outside. This Mexican themed cafe is just a wee bit different.  The actual decor is nothing less than ‘tacky’.  You would have to see it to understand what I mean. There is a kids club that you little ones can join which will get them all sorts of discounts.  They certainly cater for kids with their own menu and on Sunday they dine half priced with an adult. The menu varies slightly depending on the time of day so be careful to read the menu to avoid disappointment.  There are vegetarian options and gluten free and cabinet food.  This place even have gigs and there is a bar as well.  Great coffee BTW.

The Service:

The service was real.  The staff are friendly and talkative.

The presentation:

The dish looked great on the white plate.  We have had our meals dished up on silver oval platters in the past which looks a lot less appealing.

  • The Benedict/Montreal – was pretty yummy.
  • The bread – was sourdough and cooked just right.  Slightly crunchy.
  • The eggs – perfectly cooked. Runny and Warm and Free Range as a FYI.
  • The bacon – was great, crunchy and rich in flavour (and apparently SPCA approved….whatever that means).
  • The salmon – Yum, Yum.  This is not just salmon ripped out of a packet.  This is genuine smoked salmon steak…..YUM!
  • The bubble and squeak – was tasty and plentiful.  It had capers, onions, cabbage, potatoes and spices.
  • The hollandaise – homemade and the next best thing on the dish apart from the salmon.

Would we go again?

Yes, we would but I would order less as I over-ordered this time.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 7/10.

Taste: 7/10. The taste was pretty good.

Originality: 5/10 – It’s the pretty standard really except that this place calls the eggs bene ‘Huevos Californicatos’.

Value: 4/10. It was on the high side but that was because my bene ($15.50) was with bacon and a side of poached salmon ($5 extra), and then I also got a side called ‘bubble and squeak’ ($5.50), so all up mine was $26 plus coffee .  The menu says ‘strictly no substitutes’ so it’s not like I could have substituted the bacon for salmon either. This place may benefit from learning to be a bit more flexible with substitutions.  The sides range from $1.50 to $5.50.

Eggs: (how good they were): 7/10. They were runny, warm, large and you could tell they were free range.

Overall score: 7/10

154 Featherston Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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