Neo Cafe and Eatery –https://www.neocafe.co.nz/
Reviewed by FiFi, January 2019
The inside feels airy, modern and inviting. There is quite a bit of seating inside, but none outside. I did think that it would give a more comfortable experience if they reduced the amount of tables because it felt like the seats are crammed in and the table spaces are tiny. It was hard to hear myself think over the loud (and close) chatter surrounding me. There is a bit of cabinet food including in-house baking, fresh salads as well as a large menu that includes gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, free-range (chicken and eggs) and a kids menu. They even do catering and you can sign up to receive their monthly newsletter.
The service was great. The serving staff made eye contact, smiled when they spoke and bantered pleasantries. My coffee came out at warp speed followed quickly by my order. I was impressed considering the café was completed packed with lunchtime punters eagerly awaiting their food.
The dish was plated up to maximise culinary appeal. There was a wee bit of rocket atop of the meal alongside a wedge of lemon. Both off-set the pottery grey plate perfectly to give it a modern, authentic look.
- The Montreal – was flavoursome and filling. At first glance it looked smallish, but it was really filling.
- The Eggs – the free-range eggs were tasty, warm and runny. Just how I like them.
- The Salmon – the large salmon steak was mouth watering and by far the best part of the dish.
- The Hash – was ever so slightly overcooked, however it was hot, crunchy and gave the dish a good base to layer all the ingredients.
- The Spinach – was not overcooked and there was ample to satisfy the tastebuds.
- The Hollandaise – was rich in colour and flavour and was silky in texture. Well done to the chef.
Would We Go Again?
I would go again for the great service to try out the breakfast bagel, perhaps avoiding the 12-1 lunch rush-hour.
Style: 5/10 – Classic.
Taste: 6/10 – overall the dish tasted good but not mind-blowing.
Originality: 6/10 – mine was standard. In saying this you can order something a bit original – the breakfast bagel for $18 – bacon, avocado, hash brown, poached egg, hollandaise, tomato relish.
Value: 6/10 – the bene is $18 and the Montreal is $20 which is a bit on the steep side for the portion size.
Overall score: 6/10 – when you add all the factors together a 6 was well deserved.