Smiths – Ahuriri, Napier

Smiths –

Reviewed by FiFi and Zillundtexas, October 2018

The Place:

What a lovely spot to come and relax and dine.  This place feels like the place to chill with friends and enjoy awesome cuisine in a modern, open environment.  There is plenty of indoor seating and ample outdoor seating.  As you wait for your meals to turn up you can pop in and check out the gift shop.   There is quite a selection of cabinet food to chose from, a kids menu, vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.  The first time there were 2 and same with the second time (this is actually a double review over 2 visits). The first time the options were a  Montreal (salmon) and a Reuben (corned beef).  The second time the options were a Benedict (bacon) and or Montreal (with salmon).   Sides range from $3.50 to $8.50.  The atmosphere is modern, chic and just a just ‘chillaxing’.

The Service:

The staff exude customer service.   They treat you like you are the only patron in the joint.  I really enjoy frequenting cafes that have well trained, engaging staff.

The Presentation:

All three options had obvious thought and attention to detail.   The food was assembled in a way that showcased the varying textures and colours to peek through and maximised the space on the plate.  Overall, they looked inviting.

  • The Benedict, Montreal and Reuben – the meals were really appetizing and reasonably sized. 
  • The Eggs – the free-range poached eggs were warm and runny.  Just right!
  • The Bacon – the maple glazed bacon was crispy and scrumptious, but quite minimal.
  • The Salmon – was smoky and slightly but a minimal quantity.
  • The Reuben the thick slice of corned beef was simply delicious and a delightful alternative to my usual Montreal (salmon) option I usually opt for.  The menu did say pulled corn beef but this was a generous slice of corned beef instead.
  • The bread – the picnic rye bread was okay but slightly dry.
  • The Sauekraut – and mustard and pickles were very complimentary to the reuben and added a tantalising saltiness to the overall dish
  • The Potato cakes – were okay but nothing memorable.
  • The Spinach – the token amount of spinach gave a slight salty edge to the dish.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made sauce was, thick, creamy rich and mouth watering.

 Would We Go Again?

Without a doubt.  The aromas, atmosphere and cuisine are all draw-cards for a return visit.


Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 7/10 – just yum.

Originality: 7/10 – The Reuben stash was a delight to see.

Value: 6/10 – Although yummy be prepared to set yourself back $23.50 which is steep for any Bene.  Sides ranged from $3.50 to $8.50.   

Eggs: 7/10 – cooked just how I like them.

Overall score: 7/10

9a Ossian Street, Ahuriri, Napier 4110

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