Simmer – Churton Park, Wellington

Simmer –

Reviewed by Fi Fi – December 2014

The Place:

There is plenty of seating inside and quite a lot outside.  There is a lot of counter food or a great and varied blackboard menu.  The fish is superb, and the coffee is pretty good.  There is even a separate kids menu which is comforting when you have little ones. The smoothies are awesome and are actually the same names and recipes as another closed cafe in town.  There is a little fenced off area for the really little kiddies to play in, but it really does lack toys. The food comes out fast but the waiting staff need to learn how to take orders, listen and understand the importance of customer service.  If you are looking for a cafe with vibe then don’t come here.  If you are looking for some yummy food then absolutely come here.

The Service:

To be honest the service is mediocre.  You get the impression that the staff work here but are certainly not customer service trained.  They are not rude, they just don’t seemed into giving you an experience where you would want to come back in a rush.

The presentation:

The food looked very palatable.  The salad on the side added a splash of freshness and colour.

  • The Benedict – The bacon was tasty, hot and crisp.  You can opt to have this with bacon or ham.
  • The Montrealthe salmon was yummy and slightly warmed which is great!
  • The Bread – was cooked well, tasty and flavoursome.
  • The eggs – cooked just how I like them, warm and runny.
  • The bacon – was crisp, hot and tasty
  • The salmon – there was a good serving and it was slightly heated.
  • The hollandaise – was homemade.  It was pretty darn good.

Would we go again?

We would and we have.  The only gripe with this cafe is the staff and overally customer service.  Once they get this right, they will end up having to turn people away as they will be too busy.


Style: Classic 6/10.

Taste: 8/10. The salad combined with the homemade sauce and rosti enabled the overall rating to be bumped up.

Originality: 6/10 – Nothing new here, but we did like the way you could choose either ham or bacon.

Value: 8/10. It’s $15.50 for the bene (with bacon or ham) or Montreal (salmon). We forgot to note down the price of the rosti but I believe it was about $4 which is fairly standard for a side.

Eggs: (how good they were): 8/10. The eggs were spot on, warm and runny.

Overall score: 8/10

103D Westchester Drive, Churton Park, Wellington

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