Cashmere Lounge – https://www.cashmerelounge.co.nz/
Reviewed FiFi, December 2019
This beautifully restored brick beauty oozes class and ambience. The menu is varied and also caters for vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free palettes. There are three Bene options to chose from. The Benedict (with house manuka smoked bacon); the Florentine (with spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon). All 3 options are accompanied with Potato and kumara Rosti stack, sauteed spinach and tomato. The atmosphere is inviting and classy.
The staff were lovely and you could tell that they have had some customer service coaching. Our drinks came out fast and our meals followed closely behind.
The black pottery plate made a great canvas to build the food upon. The real estate on the plate was utilised carefully to purposefully display the various textures and hues of the food. The eggs covered the salmon and spinach. But there was a glimpse of green poking up and there was plenty of the coral coloured salmon to tease the tastebuds.
- The Montreal – overall this was one of the best Montreals I have been served. The rosti gave this dish an edge.
- The Eggs – the eggs were cooked to perfection and were warm and runny.
- The Salmon – was smoky and slightly oily, just how I like it.
- The Rosti – the potato and kumara rosti was so flavoursome and although crispy on the outside, they just melted in your mouth.
- The Spinach – was not overcooked and was light and tender.
- The Hollandaise – the citron coloured sauce was smooth and buttery.
- The Tomatoes – the lightly seasoned tomatoes were ever so slightly poached. Just mmm.
Would We Go Again?
The food was beautiful, the atmosphere was inviting and the aesthetics of this trendy restaurant are a drawcard. This would be worth checking out for dinner too.
Style: 8/10 – Classic.
Taste: 9/10 – the combination of ingredients and care in which it was cooked and served contributed to the overall enjoyment of the food.
Originality: 9/10 – The potato and kumara rostis served with each option set this apart from other cafes.
Value: 7/10 – the Benes prices are not for the faint hearted, but the taste makes up for it. The Florentine (spinach) was $19, the Benedict (bacon) was $22 and the Montreal (salmon) was $23. There were no side options.
Eggs: 9/10 – cooked to perfection
Overall score: 9/10