A sprightly newcomer makes itself known on Auckland’s North Shore.
We live in a city where café culture is a fundamental cornerstone of our everyday lives and recently, it seems like great ones are emerging every which way we walk. The most recent addition to join the brood is Honey; an all-day café that just last week opened its doors in Takapuna.
Tucked away down the centrally located Huron Street, the café is already delighting locals with its peaceful and personable presence, and owner Jules Glasgow, originally of Jam café fame, enlisted the help of Jess Bruton to develop the interior. A blue and white geometric feature wall immediately catches your eye upon entering, black and yellow bistro chairs sit pretty at tables and the over-sized planter baskets hanging over a large communal table complete the bright-and-airy aesthetic. The smaller details are just as tended to, with copper newspaper holders and tabletops, vases full of orchids and glass jam jars lined up on the counter, ready to pour fresh smoothie mix into.
The coffee, with beans from Atomic, is expertly expressed and the is food delicious. There’s an emphasis on comforting classics that have been perfected to the nth degree, as well as a smattering of intriguing dishes that we gravitated to immediately. The North African Shakshuka is a stellar example of the latter, consisting of baked eggs, a tomato capsicum sauce and cannellini beans, served with a side of wholegrain soldiers. It’s an ideal dish for a chilly winter morning and if our stomachs had allowed it, we would have happily devoured a second helping. If you’re the type to wallow in a haze of indecision when faced with choosing between sweet and savoury, the Honey tasting platter is your saving grace. One half consists of the house made granola pot with honeyed yoghurt and fresh fruit, while the other half features a mini breakfast salad complete with poached egg. It’s a tremendously appealing option for mornings when your decision-making skills are sub-par.
Already neatly tapping into the local community despite having barely been open a week, Honey looks set to be a hit, breathing life into a part of Takapuna that’s usually ignored in favour of flashier seaside real estate.
12 Huron Street