Workshop Cafe – Petone, Lower Hutt

Workshop Cafe –

Reviewed by FiFi, February 2018

The Place:

There is seating outdoors and plenty indoors this rather large cafe designed for the hungry at heart.  Located next to Bunnings and in close proximity to an industrial area this establishment caters for those in a rush.  The cafe is one big, open planned eatery that offers a kids menu, vegetarian options, plenty of fresh looking cabinet food and a large, varied blackboard menu.  They offer four bene options here.  The Benedict (ham or bacon); the Florentine (spinach); and the Montreal (salmon).  The reasonably priced sides range from $1 to $4.

The Service:

Our waitress was really lovely and chatted to us as if we were friends.  I kind of wanted to hire her on the spot.

The Presentation:

You can tell that they tried to make an effort to ‘adorn’ the dish so that it was visually pleasing.  It just lacked finesse.

  • The Montreal – was okay but nothing memorable.
  • The Eggs – one was runny and warm, the other was warm but overdone.
  • The Salmon – was oily, smoky and rich and there was plenty of it.
  • The Hash browns – were hot and crispy.
  • The avocado  – was buttery and slightly ‘nutty’.  The texture was creamy and it melted in my mouth.
  • The Hollandaise – was rich and creamy and tasted delicious.  i would have liked more.
  • The english muffins – were okay, nothing exciting.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes, especially if we were in the area and in a rush.


Style: 5/10 – Classic.

Taste: 7/10 – the sauce was the best part of the dish.

Originality: 5/10 – pretty standard options here.

Value: 8/10 – the benes ranged from $15.50 to $17.50

Eggs: 5/10 – one was great and one was slightly overdone.

Overall score: 6/10

47 The Esplanade, Petone, Lower Hutt

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