Elm Cafe – Palmerston North

IMG_0009Elm Cafe – http://www.elmcafe.co.nz/

Reviewed by FiFi and Karen, September 2016

The Place:

Just a couple of minutes drive from the Square this cafe offers a relaxed atmosphere to dine inside or take advantage of the beautiful, sheltered courtyard style dining out the front.  We frequented this spot after pampering next door.   There is an abundance of cabinet food or menus to suit the time of day complimented by a boutique wine list should you desire a glass with your meal.

The Service:

We have been here a couple of times and the staff are always welcoming and helpful. Our meals came out quickly as did our coffees.

The Presentation:

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  • The Benedict and Montreal – our dishes looked and tasted heavenly, however the small potion sizes were slightly disappointing.
  • The Egg – slightly disappointing that there was only one egg.  In saying this the egg was cooked beautifully and was runny and warm.
  • The Bacon – the small portion of bacon was crispy and smoky.
  • The Salmon – the small amount of salmon was delicious.
  • The Hash – the kumara hash was crispy, tasty and slightly different from the standard hash browns.
  • The Spinach – automatically came with the dish and was filtered perfectly,  although only a small portion on the plate.
  • The Hollandaise – the ratio of hollandaise matched the petite portion size.  It was homemade and flavoursome.

 Would We Go Again?

We would in a heartbeat despite the small portion size.


Style: 6/10 – Classic with a slight variation.

Taste: 7/10 – our meals tasted delicious.

Originality: 6/10 – the kumara rosti added a twist to the standard options usually available.

Value: 2/10 – For $19 the meals were quite small and only came with one egg.

Eggs: 2/10 – only one egg, although it was cooked just how we like them.

Overall score: 5/10

283 Fitzherbert Ave, West End, Palmeston Central 4410

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