Mint Cafe – Lyall Bay, Wellington

Mint Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mint-Cafe/529864243719960

Reviewed by Fi Fi – April 2015

The Place:

Overall the place looks okay, but not overly inviting.  It’s more of a convenience with the location right next to the Warehouse.  It’s not a cafe that I would consider driving to specifically to dine there. You can get gluten free and vegetarian options, and there is a kiddies menu as well.   There is a huge and varied menu as well as plentiful counter food options.  There is seating inside or outside, but the outside seating is more of a smoking area than a dining area.

The Service:

The service is okay, pretty ‘uniform’.  This feels like a fast food outlet rather than a relaxed cafe atmosphere.

The presentation:

The meal looked okay.  I think they were trying to be artistic with the way they ‘swirled’ the hollandaise around the plate.  The sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley added some colour and much needed zing to the dish.

  • The Montreal – the salmon tasted like someone had mashed it around with water, it tasted bland and old.  I only ate about half the dish.
  • The eggs – were slightly overcooked, but still warm.
  • The salmon – was terrible.  It was so awful that I did not eat it all.
  • The Hash Browns – handmade.  These were the best part of the dish.  They were hot and tasty.
  • The hollandaise –  The menu says that the dish comes with minted hollandaise, not sure about this as it tasted straight from the bottle, and it actually tasted like it had been sitting in the heat for a while, it almost tasted off!

Would we go again?

Perhaps for a coffee, but not for the Montreal!

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 5/10.

Taste: 4/10. The hash was the saviour for this dish.

Originality: 5/10 – I liked that the dish came with home made hash browns instead of bread or muffins.

Value: 6/10. You have a choice of bacon, ham or salmon for $16.50

Eggs: (how good they were): 4/10.

Overall score: 4/10

10 George Bolt Street, Lyall Bay, Wellington.

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