Arabica – https://www.arabicacafe.co.nz/
Reviewed by FiFi, September 2018
There is plentiful indoor dining and a couple of tables outside. There is a huge amount of delicious cabinet food to chose from as well as vegetarian, plenty of salads or burgers etc, gluten-free and a large blackboard menu. There are three Bene options to chose from. The Benedict (with ham); the Florentine (with spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon). There is also a Smashed Avocado option so for a $1.50 extra you could whack on a side of hollandaise and you have basically built a Vege bene. There is also bacon as a side so you could easily substitute ham for bacon. Sides range from $1.50 to $5 which is really reasonable for extras. The atmosphere has a busy, corporate, friendly tone to it.
I frequent this cafe every couple of months. They are always super friendly and this visit was no exception. The food came out quickly and as usual it was hot.
I don’t think presentation is the top priority here. It’s more about getting the food out quickly and ensuring its hot to the patrons in this busy corporate cafe. I could be barking up the wrong tree here but I believe the cabinet food is more popular than the blackboard menu and it merely about the demographics of the customer base and location of the cafe.
- The Montreal – I wouldn’t categorise this as posh nosh but it was yummy and tasty.
- The Eggs – the eggs were perfectly poached, and served warm and runny.
- The Salmon – there was a generous portion of rich, smoky salmon.
- The Hashbrowns – were hot and crunchy.
- The Hollandaise – the house-made sauce was rich and creamy. I would have liked just a tad more.
- The Muffins – were okay but nothing special.
Would We Go Again?
I frequent this cafe out of convenience and catching up with a friend, its the half-way point between our two workplaces. The food is always fresh and the coffee is great so yes I would go again (maybe not for the benes though).
Style: 5/10 – Classic.
Taste: 5/10 – the bene was ok, nothing flash.
Originality: 5/10 – pretty typical offerings.
Value: 7/10 – the Benes were reasonably priced. The Benedict (ham, which I am sure you can substitute with bacon) is $16.50; the Florentine (spinach) is $17; and the Montreal (salmon) is $18. Sides range from $1.50 to $5. eEggs: 6/10
Overall score: 5/10
1 Grey Street Wellington, 6011