Figtree Cafe & Deli – Heretaunga, Upper Hutt

Fig Tree Cafe – https://figtreecafe.co.nz/

Reviewed by FiFi, June 2018

The Place:

This cafe is in quite a unique setting being in a beautifully restored chapel.  The seating is focused mainly indoors to allow you to soak up its high ceilings and ambience accompanied by a few tables outside.  There is lots of cabinet food to chose from, a kids menu, organic offerings, free-range eggs, vegetarian, gluten-free and a large blackboard menu.  There were Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (bacon); the Florentine (with spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon).  Prices for the sides ranged from $3 to $4.

The Service:

The staff were simply lovely.  They chatted and seemed unbothered by the business of the place.

The Presentation:

I think the dish looked rushed and not a lot of pride had gone into ‘layering’ or presenting the dish to maximise colours or appeal. The food was hot and tasty but the plating was just a bit ‘meh’. Even the balsamic reduction could have been utilised better to add more impact.   Overall, it looked just looked okayish.

  • The Benedict – the meals just looked amateur, nonetheless it did taste good and was filling.
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were runny and warm.  
  • The Salmon – there was a reasonably generous portion and it was good.
  • The Hashbrowns – were nothing special but they were hot and crunchy.
  • The Hollandaise – was lovely and melted in you mouth.  I would have liked a tad more though.
  • The Bread – the turkish bread was crunchy and hot.

 Would We Go Again?

It was a lovely setting and the food was good.  I would try something else on the menu though as this bene was okay, but nothing overly memorable.

Scorecard

Style: 5/10 – Classic, but plain.

Taste: 5/10 – the meals tasted good.

Originality: 5/10 – nothing to write home about.

Value: 6/10 – the Benes were reasonably priced at $16.50. My Montreal (salmon) was $17.50 with and the hash browns were $4.  

Eggs: 5/10 – good but nothing extraordinary 

Overall score: 5/10

386 Fergusson Drive, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt 5018

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