Arabica – CBD, Wellington

Arabica –

Reviewed by FiFi, September 2018

The Place:

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.

The Service:

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.

The Presentation:

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

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