Kiwi Cafe – Epuni, Lower Hutt

Kiwi Cafe –

Reviewed by Karen and FiFi, March 2018

The Place:

There appears to only be indoor seating (although it does look like they would have enough footpath space to add a couple of small tables outside). There is lots of cabinet food to chose from, a kids menu, vegetarian, gluten-free and a large blackboard menu.  There are four Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (with ham or bacon); the Florentine (with spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon).  There was also a hash stack option that included avocado, tomato and mushrooms.  Sides range from $2 to $4.  The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxing.

The Service:

The staff were super lovely.  They repeated out orders back to us to ensure they had written them down correctly.  Our drinks came out fast and our meals followed closely behind.  That is, except for Karens.  After serving 3 of our meals the waitress came back out and apologised and asked for her order again.  It came out really quickly but we were all half way through eating ours when her order came out.  They had also charged Karen for two lots of spinach (mine and hers, even though I actually didn’t order it).

The Presentation:

Good attempt of layering the food.  The food was hot and tasty but the plating was a tad amateur.  The sprinkle of parsley added a zest of flavour and colour and contrasted well against the rich, green spinach.  The swirling of the hollandaise was a bit over the top and perhaps they were compensating for it not being home made.  Overall, it looked nice, but not amazing.

  • The Benedict, Montreal and Hash Stack – the meals were okay, nothing fancy, but they were good portion sizes (except the hash stack seemed a tad on the smaller side).
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were runny and slightly warm.  They looked small though and not overly appealing to the eye.
  • The Bacon – the bacon was tasty and there was a good amount.
  • The Salmon – was smoky and slightly oily, just how I like it.
  • The avocado – there was not a lot of it.
  • The Hashbrown – was crispy and crunchy.
  • The Spinach – was not overcooked and there was ample to satisfy the tastebuds.
  • The Hollandaise – was lovely, albeit straight from the bottle.
  • The Muffins – were okay but nothing special.

 Would We Go Again?

The company was great, the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming so yes we would go again.


Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 6/10 – the meals tasted quite nice.

Originality: 6/10 – The hash stack was a nice option though.

Value: 7/10 – the Benes were reasonably priced at $17 each and you really couldn’t complain at the $2 sides.  The has stack seemed a bit steep at $20 though.

Eggs: 6/10

Overall score: 6/10

802/804 High street Epuni Lower Hutt

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