Cafe Esplanade – Palmerston North

Cafe Esplanade –

Reviewed by Karen and Fi Fi – March 2015

The Place:

This cafe has a lot of indoor and outdoor seating.  It’s nothing flash and not much of a vibe, but it is convenient to the park which we were headed to next.   You can order vegetarian, gluten free or dairy free.  You can order burgers, curries, breakfast options and some cabinet type options are available as well. We had to order promptly as we arrived at 11.50, ten minutes before the breakfast/brunch menu stopped.

The Service:

The service was okay, nothing special.  The waitresses almost seemed like they didn’t want to be at work today.

The presentation:

The sprinkle of parsley was a nice wee touch.  All three dishes looked rushed and no thought had gone into the plating up of the meals.

  • The Benedict with ham – overall, the dish was average.  The eggs were disappointing.
  • The Benedict with streaky bacon – overall this dish was just average.
  • The Montreal – the cold strips of salmon contributed to the eggs being served cold.  Overall, very disappointing.
  • The bread – was okay, nothing exciting.
  • The eggs – the eggs were tiny, cold and hard.  Not at all what they should be.
  • The bacon – the streaky bacon was scrummy, but not much of it.
  • The ham – the ham was very budget and tasted stringy and, well, budget.
  • The salmon – the salmon was okay.  They need to add more to the dish if they want the customers to think value for money.
  • The Hash Browns – these were crunchy and the warmest thing on the plate.
  • The Spinach – was nicely cooked, not overdone.
  • The hollandaise – was straight out of the bottle.

Would we go again?

No, not for the benes anyway.  Fo the coffee perhaps.


Style: Classic 6/10.  Lots of options to choose from.

Taste: 5/10.

Originality: 5/10

Value: 8/10. The sides range from $2.50 to $4 which are some of the cheaper sides we have seen.  All options come with eggs, hash browns, bread, hollandaise and spinach.  The florentine is $17, the bene with ham is $17.50, with streaky bacon is $18.50, and the Montreal with salmon is $18.50

Eggs: (how good they were): 2/10.

Overall score: 5/10

Park Road, West End, Palmerston North.

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