Saddleback Cafe – Ohariu Valley, Wellington

Saddleback Cafe –

Reviewed by Fi Fi – February 2016

The Place:

Nestled in the country this cafe is the epitome of country dining bliss.  There are vegetarian and gluten free options as well as a kids menu.  There is a huge variety of food from your usual brunch options to salads, fresh fish, burgers, soups and pastas.  You can smell the fresh country air from the outside deck.  There is also plenty of seating inside.  The kids can play in the playground or watch the horse trekkers as they pass by.  You can even book kids birthday parties here and they do catering.

The Service:

The service was quick and friendly.

The presentation:

The food was plated up beautifully, the slices of spring onion adding a splash of colour.

  • The Benedict and Montreal – Both looked and tasted great.
  • The eggs – free-range, runny and warm.
  • The bacon – there was a good portion of bacon and it was delicious.
  • The salmon – there was lots of smoked salmon, it tasted great.
  • The spinach – came as part of the dish.  The wilted baby spinach was cooked just right (not soggy).
  • The hollandaise – homemade, and completely complimented our brunch.
  • The bread – was cooked to perfection.

Would we go again?

Yes, this little gem was just fabulous.  The fresh air, the food, the atmosphere, the playground, the horses, the varied menu all contributed to a memorable weekend brunch.


Style: Classic 6/10.

Taste: 9/10. The meal was great.

Originality: 7/10 – All options come with eggs on sourdough, baby spinach, Kumara rosti with Kawakawa and hollandaise.  With the Bene you can have either Bacon or Glazed ham.

Value: 7/10. $17 for the Bene (ham or bacon) and %18 for the Montreal (salmon).  All options include spinach and rosti, making this value for money

Eggs: (how good they were): 8/10.

Overall score: 8/10

Location: 517 Ohariu Valley, Johnsonville, Wellington

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