Expressoholic – Te Aro, Wellington

Expressoholic – https://www.facebook.com/espressoholiccuba/

Reviewed by FiFi, January 2019

The Place:

If you are looking for a modern, quirky cafe with funk and a groovy vibe then look no further.  There is heaps of seating inside and an almost ‘secret’ outdoor nook to enjoy the sun in a sheltered courtyard environment. There is quite a bit of cabinet food to chose from, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.  There are four Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (with ham or bacon); the Florentine (with spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon) or the bacon Potato roastie which includes gluten-free venison sausage.   Sides range from $2 to $5.   The atmosphere is trendy and relaxing.

The Service:

The staff were very engaging and smiled which was a lovely nod to customer service.  My coffee and bene came out quickly which was no surprise given there were minimal people in the cafe at the time.   lovely.  

The Presentation:

The token sprig of parsley showed that there was an attempt to garnish the plate.  Although the food was layered I did feel that more effort could have gone into taking the dish from looking good to making it mouth-watering.   Overall, it looked good, but not amazing.

  • The Montreal – this delightful meal tantalized my tastebuds. 
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were warm, runny and delicious.
  • The Salmon – was smoky and there was a generous portion.
  • The Hashbrowns – were huge and tasty and were crunchy and basically just yummy.
  • The Hollandaise– the house-made sauce was rich in colour and full of flavour and the highlight of the dish.
  • The Muffins – were okay but nothing special.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes.  The service was great.  I would definitely be keen to try the Bacon Potato Roastie.

Scorecard

Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 6/10 – the dish was scrumptious.

Originality: 6/10 – The bacon Potato roastie which includes gluten-free venison sausage sounds enticing.

Value: 8/10 – the Benes were very reasonably priced.  The Benedict (bacon or ham) was $16.50, the Florentine (spinach) was $15.00 and the Montreal (salmon) was $16.50.  The bacon Potato roastie was $18.00.  Sides range from $2 to $5.

Eggs: 6/10

Overall score: 6/10

136 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

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