Cafe Melba – Hardinge St, Auckland

Cafe Melba – http://www.cafemelba.co.nz/

Reviewed by Fi Fi – July 2015

The Place:

First opened in 1995 Cafe Melba now has 5 cafes scattered throughout Auckland.  The one I dined at was in Hardinge Street and ever so handy if you visit Spark City in Auckland.  There was loads of seating inside as well as outside.  The coffee here is great and worth a revisit two or three times a day.  There is an abundance of cabinet food which caters for all dietary requirements.  You can have a salad if you want to eat light or a burger, curry or pizza, you name it, they seem to have it.

The Service:

The service was speedy and the staff are engaging and friendly.

The presentation:

The food was plated up well with a sprig of parsley to add a wee bit of colour.  A nice touch with the slice of lemon under the salmon.  The food itself was slightly dwarfed by the size of the plate but it was balanced with the dash of balsamic reduction on the side.

  • The Benedict and Montreal – they were good, nothing special but still good.
  • The eggs – warm and runny, cooked perfectly.
  • The bacon – the manuka smoked bacon was cooked well, it could have been cooked a tad more to give a wee bit more crisp.
  • The salmon – the smoked salmon was nice, but there could of been slightly more.
  • The hollandaise – was homemade, creamy and delicious with just the right amount to compliment the dish.
  • The muffins – the organic muffins were crunchy and tasted great.

Would we go again?

I would go back and I would either order the Montreal again or try the salmon hash.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 6/10.

Taste: 7/10. The meal was good, nothing special but hot and tasty.

Originality: 5/10 – The organic muffin was good.

Value: 8/10. The Benedict (either champagne ham or manuka smoked bacon) is $16.50 or the Montreal is (salmon) is $17.50.  The sides range from $2.50 to $5.50.

Eggs: (how good they were): 6/10.

Overall score: 7/10

Corner Victoria and Hardinge Street, Spark City, Auckland

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