Dixon Street Deli – Te Aro, Wellington

dixonstreetdeli.co.nz

2.5 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, May 2019

The Place:

There is a lot of cramped, yet cosy seating inside and a few outdoor seats.   There was quite a lot of cabinet food to chose from, salads, vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free.   There were four Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (ham or bacon),  the Montreal (with salmon),  the Florentine (with spinach) or the Rosti.  Sides range from $1.50 to $5.  The atmosphere is welcoming and it had a busy, inner-city vibe to it.

The Service:

For such a busy place the staff are really inviting and welcoming. 

The Presentation:

The rustic black potter plate gave a good basis to build the dish.  Although you could tell there was some thought in to the plating it didn’t have the wow factor.  There was a sprinkle of parsley but it was so minimal it made me wonder if they had run out or were rationing.  Overall, it looked okay, but lack any va va voom.

  • The Benedict – the meal was just okay but I was still feeling sorry for myself that they had ran out of salmon so I couldn’t have my beloved Montreal (salmon) option.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were okay, slightly overdone but still slightly runny. 
  • The bacon – there was a generous helping of smoky tasting goodness.  
  • The Hash browns – there were 3 which was quite a few for a side.  They were crunchy but nothing special.
  • The Hollandaise – was plentiful, however it was straight from the bottle.
  • The bread – toasted sourdough was toasted perfectly and was pretty good. 

 Would We Go Again?

I wouldn’t go out of my way to go again, but I wouldn’t avoid this cafe.  I would just take the time to try and find another nearby cafe to review first.

Scorecard

Style: 5/10 – Classic, but rather boring.

Taste: 5/10 – the meal was rather bland.  

Originality: 7/10 – there was a Rosti on the menu

Value: 6/10 – the Benes were all $17.90.  The sides range from $1.50 to $5.  $4 for 3 hash browns was very reasonable.  

Eggs: 5/10 – they were okay.

Overall score: 5/10

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