Cafe on the Square – Karori, Wellington

1 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, December 2019

The Place:

There is minimal seating indoors and a few tables outside.   There is loads of fresh looking cabinet food to chose from, a specials menu, vegetarian, and a large blackboard menu.  There are four Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (with ham); the Florentine (with spinach) the Montreal (with salmon); and the Hash stack with bacon.  Sides are all $3 a piece.  The atmosphere is comfortable  and welcoming.

The Service:

The staff were very friendly.   Our drinks came out fast in lightening speed and our meals followed closely behind.  

The Presentation:

You could tell that someone had spent time trying to plate this up to look appealing. The attempt of drizzling the hollandaise was overkill and actually drowned out the flavour of the eggs.    The sprinkle of dried parsley added some much needed colour to this bland looking dish but the colour and taste of fresh parsley would have been better.  Overall, extremely disappointing.  

  • The Montreal  – I was incredibly disappointed with this dish.
  • The Eggs – the eggs were really overdone.  
  • The Salmon – there was plenty of salmon and it tasted good.
  • The Hollandaise – was disappointingly straight from the bottle.
  • The Muffins – were okay but nothing special.

 Would We Go Again?

Not for the bene options.  I would rather look farther afield for another cafe to try.


Style: 5/10 – Classic.

Taste: 1/10 – I left over half of my meal uneaten.

Originality: 4/10 – The hash stack was a nice option though.

Value: 7/10 – the Benes were cheap.  The Benedict (with ham) was $15, the Florentine (with spinach) was $15, the Montreal (with salmon) was $17 and the hash stack (with bacon) was $14.  The sides were probably the cheapest I have seen in a while.  They were all $3 each.

Eggs: 1/10

Overall score: 2/10

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