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Reviewed by FiFi, January 2019
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 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 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.
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.
Overall score: 6/10
136 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011