Reviewed by FiFi, January 2017
This converted house is the ideal setting a stones throw from the river and mere minutes by car from the main street and shops. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere offers indoor seating as well as outdoor garden seating. There is plenty of choices in the cabinet consisting of freshly cooked delights or a varied menu that includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. There is also a kids menu. They also sell chutneys, jams and sweets. Additionally you can order english tea with scones or high tea with tea and/or bubbles (so obviously this place is licensed). There were three Bene options all for the same price. The Benedict (slow cooked ham), the Montreal (vodka cured salmon) or vegetarian (spinach and haloumi). They were all accompanied by house-made english muffins, two free-range eggs and hollandaise.
The staff were friendly and chatty. Our coffees and food were delivered promptly and with a smile.
The slate coloured plate contrasted exquisitely with the creamy yellow sauce and the pinkish-orange of the salmon. The dukkah on the side framed the dish and the pinch of greenery took the dish to an aesthetically pleasing level.
- The Montreal – was perfectly cooked, proportioned and seasoned. It was simply divine.
- The Eggs – were free-range, runny and warm, just how I like them.
- The Salmon – the vodka cured salmon was a first for me. It tasted
- The Hashbrown – was hot and crunchy.
- The Hollandaise – was rich in flavour with a smooth, velvety texture.
- The Muffin – the house-made english muffins were warm and toasted to perfection.
Would We Go Again?
Yes I would. i would be tempted to try other menu options such as the smashed Smashed avocado and feta smash.
Style: 7/10 – Classic with a twist.
Taste: 7/10 – The dukkah on the side added an interesting taste combination to the dish.
Originality: 8/10 – the vodka cured salmon and dukkah gave this dish some uniqueness.
Value: 7/10 – for $17.00 (now increased $17.50) the price was pretty good for a Montreal. It was great that all 3 options were the same price.
Eggs: 9/10 – cooked perfectly and brownie points for being free-range.
Overall score: 8/10
17 Pitt St, Whanganui, 4500