180 Degrees Cafe and Bistro – Paraparaumu

IMG_0416.jpg180 Degrees Cafe and Bistro – https://www.facebook.com/pages/180-Degrees-Cafe-And-Bistro/302080489815221

Reviewed by Karen – March 2018 (and also January 2017)

The Place:

This place gets its name from the 180 degrees of beautiful coastal views.  I came here in January 2017 and then again in March 2018.  I have posted contrasting photos so that you can see the vast difference in the appearance of the same meal 14 months apart.  Perhaps there has been a change of owner, Chef or kitchen staff but it feels like its a completely different place.  There is cabinet food or a great blackboard menu.  There are vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.  There are two Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (bacon or pan fried champagne ham) or the Montreal (salmon).  Sides range from $2 to $4.50.

The Service:

The service was okay.

The Presentation:

The meal seemed ‘thrown together’ compared to my last visit.  It’s really obvious that there was little prep time gone into this prior to serving it.

  • The Benedict  – the bene has changed since my last visit, maybe new owners or new kitchen staff perhaps?
  • The Eggs – unfortunately the eggs were not quite runny when the dish arrived.
  • The Bacon – there was a good quantity of bacon.
  • The Spinach – the dish came with spinach although I was a little disappointed with the few leaves of baby spinach tossed on top.
  • The Hollandaise – the home made hollandaise had a good flavour.
  • The Bread – the ciabatta was thick and hard and difficult to cut through.

 Would We Go Again?

The atmosphere and view at 180 along with the company for my brunch would be the drawcard for me returning to this cafe again despite the change in Bene.

Scorecard

Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 6/10 – the taste was okay.

Originality: 5/10 – there is nothing unique about the bene.

Value: 7/10 – the Benedict is $16.50 and the Montreal is $17.

Eggs: 3/10 – they were overcooked and not runny.

Overall score: 5/10

12 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 5032

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