Revel Cafe – CBD, Auckland

Revel Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/revelcafekroad/

Reviewed by FiFi, March 2018

The Place:

Situated on K Road this café that is full of eclectic character and should be on all Benedict Connoisseurs bucket list.  The long, narrow café offering adequate seating is modern and funky with splashes of quirkiness which all add to the upbeat vibe.   There is loads of counter food as well as vegetarian, vegan, organic, gluten-free and ‘ordinary menu options.  In fact I believe this café is a vegan-lovers haven.  There are 3 benes on offer here on the menu and they all come with spinach, eggs and house-made hollandaise.  The Benedict (bacon), The Montreal (salmon) and a Vegetarian option.  Sides ranged from $2 to $5.

The Service:

The staff were welcoming and chatty and had a smile on their dial.  Our coffees and food came out quickly and with friendly banter which added to the fabulous dining experience.

The Presentation:

Our meals were presented on a round pottery plate layered to perfection.  The ‘dabbing’ of pesto and relish added some funkiness to the look of the dish and added some zest.  The sprouts were an unusual yet welcome addition to the dish, however the volume of sprouts was bordering on OTT. 

  • The Montreal this café knows how to entice a Bene connoisseur.  The presentation and flavours of the dish combined with the service and atmosphere made this dish an absolute winner!
  • The Benedict – the combination of textures and flavours satisfied this Bene lover.
  • The Eggs – were warm and runny.  Just how they should be.
  • The Bacon – the streaky bacon was plentiful, salty and crispy.  Just delightful.
  • The Salmon – there was just the right amount of salmon to not overpower the other flavours of the dish.
  • The Hash balls – were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  Simply delicious.
  • The Spinach – was raw and tasty and added some colour to the plate.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made hollandaise was flavoursome, rich and creamy and complimented the entire dish.
  • The bread – was crunchy and tasty.

 Would We Go Again?

Absolutely.  The atmosphere, the service, the vibe, the funkiness and the food are all draw-cards.

Scorecard

Style: 9/10 – great that all options automatically came with spinach and brownie points for the pesto and relish.

Taste: 10/10 – this is one of the best Montreals I have tasted to date and my Benedict companion loved theirs.

Originality: 8/10 – I have also spied a Grilled Asparagus and bacon Benedict on the cafes Facebook page………mmmmmmmmmm.

Value: 7/10 the Vegetarian is $17 and Benedict (bacon) $18 are really reasonable, however, the Montreal (salmon) $23 was quite pricy.

Eggs: 8/10 – very good

Overall score: 9/10 well deserved high score.

146 Karangahape Road, CBD, Auckland

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