Sheinkin Cafe – Auckland CBD

Sheinkin Cafe –

Reviewed by FiFi, July 2016

The Place:

This little gem close to the heart of the city is light and airy and it is delightfully illuminated with dozens of modern styled hanging light bulbs lining the ceiling.  There is plenty of modern styled seating inside or outside, either way the ambiance of the place set the scene for a chic dining experience.  There is an array of cabinet food that looked fresh and was a.  There are two bene options on the menu which included the Benedict (bacon) or Montreal (salmon), however I noted that you can substitute and get a vegetarian one (mushrooms and avocado) as well.  There were exisiting menu options where you could build your own interesting bene variance such as smashed avocado with feta on sourdough with a poached egg.  All you need to do is request some hollandaise and voila you have a unique and tasty variant.  Sides ranged from $1 to $6 which was pretty reasonable.

The Service:

The waitress greeted me with a smile and noted that I wanted to eat my meal inside but I was waiting outside until it arrived.  I was signalled when my food arrived promptly even though the place was reasonably crowded.

The Presentation:

The green, leafy Mesculin complimented the rustic, earthen plate.  The freshly cracked pepper atop of the hollandaise and eggs contrasted perfectly against the smoky, tangerine coloured salmon.

  • The Montreal – I was pleasantly surprised how the flavour combination panned out with the Mesculin.  It added a fresh, modern twist to my usual order.
  • The Eggs – were free-range, runny and warm.  Just how they should be.
  • The Salmon – the salmon tasted fresh and smoky and there was an abundance of it.
  • The Mesculin – was fresh and crisp.  There was a wee bit too much, but nonetheless it was tasty.
  • The Hollandaise – there was plenty of sauce.  There wasn’t enough for my liking and it tasted rather bland.  If it was made on site then I suggest added some tang, perhaps a zest of lemon.
  • The Bagels  – were toasted just right.

 Would We Go Again?

I would go again as the service was great and the cabinet food looked inviting.  I would probably try the smashed avocado and feta.


Style: 7/10 – Classic with a twist.

Taste: 6/10 – the hollandaise let this Montreal down.

Originality: 7/10 – I have rarely seen the bene on a bed of lettuce so this was a lovely surprise.

Value: 9/10 – $16.50 for both options was quite a steel.

Eggs: 8/10 – were warm and runny, and you really cannot beat free-range.

Overall score: 7/10

3 Lorne St, Auckland, 1010

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