The Kirk cafe – Hamilton

The Kirk Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/thekirkcafe/

Reviewed by FiFi, August 2019

The Place:

There is quite a bit of indoor seating as well as outdoor seating.  There is loads of cabinet food to chose from such as Vegan, vegetarian, free-range eggs, dairy-free-, gluten-free, salads, burgers and a wide array of sweet goodies as well.  There are four Bene options to chose from. The Benedict (bacon),  the  Vegetarian (with Mushroom, roquette, walnut, dukkah & feta whip), the Montreal (with salmon) or the Pork Belly (Korean pork belly, tempura kimchi, gochujang emulsion, crispy wontons on Korean waffles).   Sides range from $2 to $7.   The atmosphere is lovely here.

The Service:

The staff were very welcoming and had big smiles on their face.  My coffee arrived shortly after I had ordered it and my meal followed quickly behind it.  It was a week day and I was one of the first customers, but still it was a quick delivery of food.

The Presentation:

This is by far the fanciest looking Benedict, well in my case Montreal (salmon) I have come across to date.  It’s like they hired a head chef or sous-chef from an upscale restaurant and said – come make Benes in the Tron and give them the ‘wow factor’  Every detail was taken in to consideration from the rustic pottery plate to the perfectly placed blobs of feta whip, the sesame seeds, furikake to the sprig of greenery atop the eggs.  I felt that the food was far more upmarket than the surroundings (they were pleasant but just did not match the fanciness of the food that was served). 

  • The Montreal – this is the best Montreal I have ever tasted.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were poached perfectly and were warm and runny in texture.  
  • The Salmon – the house miso and sake cured salmon was aromatic and delectable.
  • The Feta Whip – was rich and creamy.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made sauce was mellow in colour and just melted in you mouth.
  • The Bread – the thickly sliced ciabatta was toasted to perfection.  The almost blandness flavour helped to tone down all the rich flavours of the sauce and salmon. 

 Would We Go Again?

I want to go back to try the Korean pork belly Benedict.  This was a nice spot and a pleasant surprise in how great the food was.

Scorecard

Style: 9/10 – Classic.

Taste: 10/10 – the meals tasted quite nice.

Originality: 10/10 – The Korean pork belly Benedict looked appealing.  More a lunch / brunch option than a breakfast one though.  

Value: 8/10 – the Benes were steep, but I thought my dish was worth it.  The Benedict (bacon) was $21, the Vegetarian (Mushrooms) was $21, the Montreal was $23 and the Pork was $25.  Sides range from $2 to $7.

Eggs: 10/10 – perfectly poached.

Overall score: 10/10

6 Te Aroha Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3247

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