Hungry Horse Cafe – Palmerston North

Hungry Horse Cafe –

Reviewed by Karen, March 2018

The Place:

Hungry Horse is a recently opened eatery on a reasonably busy intersection and has literally ‘cornered’ the market on this old petrol station site.  It is fresh and minimalist in its decor with space for about 20 persons.  There are 2 Bene options.  The Montreal (salmon) or Benedict (bacon).  Both options come with spinach which theoretically also makes them a Florentine (spinach).

The Service:

Was okay.

The Presentation:

The presentation mostly had a no frills look to it but the drizzle of balsamic was a good touch. There was good layering techniques done and the sprinkle of parsley combined with the rich green coloured spinach gave the dish some much needed oomph.

  • The Benedict – was nice.  Nothing special but hearty and tasty.
  • The Eggs – were lovely and runny.
  • The Bacon – quantity was acceptable and cooked just right.
  • The Spinach – a good amount of spinach.
  • The Hollandaise – I couldn’t tell if the hollandaise was homemade or not, which makes me think that perhaps its not.
  • The Bread – Ciabatta was slightly firmer than I like but was thinly sliced and had a good flavour.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes.  It was a nice meal.


Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 6/10 – the meal was good.

Originality: 5/10 – nothing unique about the benny, although I appreciated the fact that the spinach was part of the meal and not an add-on.

Value: 8/10 – $16 – I love it when spinach comes as part of the dish which makes this one of the more affordable I’ve had in a while.

Eggs: 6/10 – nice and runny.

Overall score: 8/10

4 Botanical Rd, Highbury, Palmerston North 4412

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