Faith & Co cafe – Petone, Lower Hutt

4 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, January 2020

The Place:

There is ample indoor seating and a few tables outdoors too.   This is a very spacious, modern eatery that has a vibrant, relaxing vibe about it.  There is lots of fresh looking cabinet food to select  from,  vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free , dairy-free and a large blackboard menu.  There were two Bene options on the menu.   The Benedict (with thick sliced bacon) and the Florentine (spinach), however I asked if they could make me a Montreal (with salmon) as I could see there were other salmon options and they happily obliged.    Sides range from $2.50 to $6.   The atmosphere here is spacious and welcoming

The Service:

The staff were really lovely and very obliging when I ordered an off-menu item.  Our drinks came out pretty quickly.  I appreciated that the kids meal came out first and our meals followed closely behind.  We were even greeted by Faith (the owner) who popped over to ask how the Montreal was. 

The Presentation:

The earthen crockery plate created a visual backdrop to frame the ingredients.  There was definite thought put in to layering the ingredients to showcase their colours and textures.    The sprig of parsley added a splash of colour and garnished the dish perfectly.    The swirling of the hollandaise was a bit over the top and perhaps they were compensating for it not being home made.  Overall, it looked great.

  • The Benedict /Montreal – the waitress didn’t quite understand my order so I ended up with bacon and salmon.  I was only charged for a Benedict.  Wow this was delicious.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were poached to perfection. 
  • The Bacon – the thick sliced savoury bacon was smoky and sizzling hot.
  • The Salmon – was smoky and slightly oily salmon perfectly matched the saltiness of the bacon.
  • The Hash browns  – crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.
  • The Hollandaise – the subtle lemony colour complimented the velvety texture and flavour of the sauce.  I would have liked a tad more sauce though.
  • The Muffins – were toasted beautifully with a slight crispiness on the edges.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes, we would love to try the dinner menu to see if it competed with the decadence of the lunch menu.


Style: 7/10 – Classic.

Taste: 8/10 – the meals tasted great.

Originality: 6/10 – nothing out of the ordinary on offer.

Value: 7/10 – the Benes were a tad pricy but I think mine was worth it.  The Benedict (bacon) was $20, the Montreal (salmon) was $20 and the Florentine (spinach) was $18. Sides range from $2.50 to $6. 

Eggs: 8/10

Overall score: 8/10

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