Viaduct Grill – Auckland CBD

Viaduct Grill – https://www.facebook.com/theviaductgrill/

Reviewed by Fi Fi, March 2016

The Place:

This cafe/grill caters for steaks, grilled foods and seafood, rather than brunch and breakfast.  It feels like the breakfast / brunch menu is just an ‘add-on’ to keep up with the other cafes that specialise in breakfast / brunch options.  There is a huge menu ranging from steaks, burgers, fresh seafood and salads. There is plenty of seating inside and outside, albeit very squashed, I’m guessing to allow for big crowds.  Whilst the surroundings and view were great this place lacks any vibe and screams mediocre, overpriced and using its prime location as its number one calling card.

The Service:

The service was okay, but nothing very memorable.

The presentation:

The food was plated well, but was pretty average.

  • The Montreal – was really average and disappointing.  I expected more for a cafe / restaurant in the viaduct.
  • The eggs – they were both overdone.
  • The hash browns – were crisp.  As a side, I would have expected two, not four!
  • The salmon – there was plenty of salmon.
  • The spinach – was the best part of the dish.  Not soggy, just right and came as part of the dish.
  • The hollandaise – straight out of the bottle.
  • The muffins – were on the soggy side.

Would we go again?

Not for the Montreal.  I would try the seafood or steak though.

Scorecard:

Style: Classic 5/10.

Taste: 5/10. The meal was very average.

Originality: 5/10 – All options automatically comes with spinach.  You can order with the Benedict (bacon), Montreal (salmon) or Vegetarian (mushrooms).

Value: 7/10. $16.50 for all options.  Hash browns were $4.  Sides range from $4 to $6.

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

Overall score: 5/10

Location: 99 Customs Street West, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland CBD

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