To start off the long weekend, my sister and I headed over the shore to Takapuna to try the cafe by the beach (literally). I think sometimes we take New Zealand weather for granted, it’s so amazing everyday – most likely the best summer I’ve had so far.
The cafe was crazily busy given the weather, the long weekend and the Kiwi way of life. We were given a buzzing lobster on arrival that would alert us when a table was ready – very convenient! As many have said before, the service at this cafe is indeed impeccable. No matter how busy, there is someone that remembers where you are, what you wanted, and whether you’re doing okay with everything. I ordered the fish burger whilst my sister had the rosti. The fish was incredibly fresh – I guess I don’t have to make a trip down to the Mount for some good fried fish. It has excellent ambience and the best view you could ever ask for!
Our table wait 😀
Hope they don’t mind it goes for a swim!
House Lemon, Ginger & Honey Brew
Berry smoothie $8
View from where we were sitting
Beer battered fish, hand cut agria chips & tartare sauce $25.50
Crisp agria rosti, baby spinach, feta, free range poached egg with samon
We stopped by Little and Friday – Takapuna to finish off the day. The hazelnut cake I believe was made with Ferrero Rocher in mind haha. Yum.
New North Road seems to be littered with an incredible amount of casual dining, bars, cafes, restaurants and the odd treasure shop. The trip to Atomic Coffee was primarily solely for purchasing my mum’s Christmas present: a syphon. From the photos you can tell we were obviously sold on the interior and atmosphere, we had to stay for a quick drink… or a bite or two as well…
I confess I am not a true coffee drinker and cannot tell you how the Cold Brew fared. The pancakes were on the burnt side but nothing that the passionfruit ricotta and pistachio could not save.
Sunny days call for some ice cream too!
Milk, Cold Brew, Ice
Lemon pancakes with passionfruit ricotta, strawberries and pistachio
Christmas time soon!
Coffee Club is a mess. They used to be a decent and easy go-to spot whenever I visited Sylvia Park, close to the cinema and great for having lunch in-between shopping. My visit this time round has really put me off however. The service, or rather the lacking of, was appalling. The tables were a mess. The cutlery was a mess. The food was a mess. The drink was a mess. I hardly think I am being demanding here when all I needed was to have a cleanly wiped table, the waitress to have some memory of what I asked for and plates and cutlery that were not still wet. The food we ordered included Cajun Chicken with some very limp salad leaves and a strawberry smoothie that didn’t have enough taste in it. Having said all this I still love their potato wedges, and possibly their salmon and cream cheese sandwich – though i can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it in a while. It can be fair to say though that I won’t be back in sometime.
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