St Kilda Cafe and Bistro – Cambridge

St Kilda Cafe & Bistro  https://www.stkildabistro.co.nz/

Reviewed by Karen June 2019

The Place:

There appears to only be indoor seating (although it does look like they would have enough footpath space to add a couple of small tables outside). There is lots of cabinet food to chose from, salads, burgers, pasta, pizzas, a kids menu, vegetarian, gluten-free and a large blackboard menu.  There are four Bene options to chose from.  This was a Benedict with a difference.  All options came with Potato and Feta croquettes in lieu of bread or muffins.  The options were Benedict (bacon), Montreal (salmon) or Vegetarian (mushrooms).  Sides started at $3 and went up to $9.50 for seasonal vegetables, a side salad or fries.   The coffee was good and I needed a second cup.  I especially loved the fact that they offered the option of still or sparkling water at no extra cost.  Nice ambiance and big windows provided us with views over the park and lake beside the cafe. 

The Service:

The service was good.  They squeezed our party of 4 in despite being really busy and then they served us quickly but we did not feel rushed.  

The Presentation:

Presentation was good.  It looked very tidy on the plate and I loved the crockery.  the wee swirl of tomato pesto on the side added some interest to the overall look and feel of the dish.

  • The Benedict – I actually ordered the Vegetarian option (with mushrooms) and ordered a side of bacon.  This was a lovely Benedict with a difference.
  • The Eggs – the eggs were cooked just right. 
  • The Bacon – the was minimal bacon but given all the flavour combinations there wasn’t a lot needed.
  • The Mushrooms – the field mushies were yummy.
  • The Potatoes – the golden potato and feta croquettes were crunchy on the outside and full of flavour inside.
  • The Spinach – there were minimal leafy greens but they did add some colour and crispiness to the dish.
  • The Hollandaise – there was just the right amount and it definitely tasted home-made.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes it was great service,  good food choices and beautiful outlook.

Scorecard

Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 7/10 – the meals tasted delicious.

Originality: 8/10 – These Benes were a bit unique with the bread or muffins substituted with the potato and feta croquettes.

Value: 6/10 – the Benes prices are not for anyone scrimping and saving their dollars.  They are all rather pricy at $22.50.  Sides started at $3 and went up to $9.50 for seasonal vegetables, a side salad or fries. 

Eggs: 7/10 – great poached eggs

Overall score: 7/10

19 Kaniera Terrace, Cambridge 3493

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