The Mothered Goose – Bulls

The Mothered Goose – http://www.motheredgoose.co.nz/

Reviewed by Karen and Fi Fi – March 2015

The Place:

The seating is aimed to be inside although there was a couple of tables outside. There is a huge variety of counter foods as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.  The menu is varied ranging from wraps, toasted sandwiches, salads, soups or even savour mince on toast.  The deli they have here used to be fantastic, however it is nothing on what it used to be.  Most of the deli shop is full of trinkets and knick knacks instead of foods, jams, pickles etc.

The Service:

The service was less than average.  The waitress kept asking us to repeat our order (and the noise level was low), and forgot to take an order (we had to call her back).

The presentation:

The food looked boring, it looked like it had been sloppily slapped on a bit of bread, and just very, very amateur.

  • The Benedict – One had a side of hash and the other had a side of ‘kransky’.  Even with these ‘extra’s the dishes lacked appeal.  Overall, these bene’s were not dishes we would recommend to our friends.
  • The Montreal – overall the dish lacked substance.  Although the salmon and sauce were good, the overall dish was simply ‘meh’.
  • The bread – the sourdough bread is made onsite.  It was unappetising and lacked body.
  • The eggs – were slightly warm, but hard and not runny!!!!
  • The bacon – the streaky bacon needed to be crisped up a bit more, and there could easily have been more of it.
  • The salmon – the smoked salmon steak was simply divine.
  • The Hash Brown – the homemade hash brown was really, really greasy, and pretty much tasteless.
  • The hollandaise – this dishes other saviour was the home made sauce.  It was very yummy.

Would we go again?

No, we thought this cafe was over the top expensive, the food was less than average, and the vibe just did not exist.  I (Fi Fi) would go as far as to recommend that people keep driving…..perhaps whip down to Sanson and go to Viv’s Kitchen!  One of our party ordered the savoury mince on toast ($16.50) and it was insipid and tasteless.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 5/10.

Taste: 4/10.

Originality: 5/10

Value: 3/10. The sides are reasonable ranging from $2 to $4.  The bene is $18.50 and the Montreal is $19.50.

Eggs: (how good they were): 3/10.

Overall score: 4/10

119 Bridge Street, Bulls

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