21 December 2015


the 10 best café openings of 2015


With our fondness for brunching forever gaining momentum, we’re pleased with the flurry of new café openings that we’ve seen this year. Feeding our egg-fuelled hankerings and hearty lunch needs, alongside a top notch brew, we’ve comprised a list of the best new daytime eateries that have come in to play in 2015.

1. Major Sprout
From the creators of Dear Jervois comes this stylish new café on Graham Street. Contemporary, light filled and dripping in flora, the cabinet is filled with a bounty of enticing offerings. As for the menu, everything is refined and plated elegantly, our favourites – the compressed watermelon and stone fruit with rhubarb, strawberry and chia seed labneh, and the Crunchy Gentleman, a free-range ham and provolone toasty with three-cheese béchamel, date and chilli chutney.
Holiday hours: Closed for Christmas – 11th January.

2. Geeks on Sainsbury
Spilling out onto a quaint reserve at the end of Sainsbury Road, this Sandringham newcomer secures a well deserved spot. Their conviction is to ‘geek out’ about what they do, priding themselves on serving stellar coffee from Wellington boutique roasters, Red Rabbit. Don’t leave without trying their mouthwateringly good banana and granola waffles or one of their delectable bagel options.
Holiday hours: 25th Dec closed. 1st Jan closed. 4th – 8th Jan closed.

3. Peel to Pip
On the cusp of the city, we discovered Peel to Pip — a seriously cute new spot in Morningside. The menu here is unique, taking a spin on the classics we all know and love, like the eggs benedict on a bed of crushed edamame and watercress, or the portobello and chestnut mushrooms with herbed whipped feta, pistachio dukkah and warm sourdough. Wash it all down with a delicious Eighthirty coffee.
Holiday hours: Closed Christmas – 7th Jan.

4. EAT at The Shelter
Boasting a sweet selection of treats, sandwiches and salads in the cabinet, EAT also comes equip with a new summer menu. Try the refreshing watermelon, mint and feta salad, or the handmade burrata, rockmelon and proscuitto salad. Equally as delicious is the fresh summer fruits with whipped cashew and coconut butter — just one of the delicious toppings you can now enjoy on The Midnight Baker Freedom Loaf or Al Brown’s famous Best Ugly Bagels.
Holiday hours: Closed Christmas day, 1st and 2nd Jan.

5. Little and Friday Ponsonby
Finally presenting their utterly delicious cabinet offerings to the folk of Ponsonby, their breakfast and lunch the menu also makes choosing nigh on impossible. Take for example the coconut, cardamom, and vanilla organic porridge with poached pear, pomegranate, and pistachio or the toasted crumpets served with lashings of whipped butter and blackberry compote.
Holiday hours: Closed Christmas day, 1st and 2nd Jan.

6. Elk Eatery
Auckland city’s Graham Street welcomed the arrival of Elk – an eatery where both the health-conscious and those after something a little naughty can walk away satisfied. With a light and spacious interior ideal for daytime catch ups or for enjoying an expertly brewed coffee in peace, you’ll want to add this newcomer to your inner-city café repertoire.
Holiday hours: Closed 24th Dec – 5th Jan.

7. Scratch Bakers
Another newcomer to Graham Street, their unique menu supplements their famed cabinet fare. If you’re after something a little more interesting than the usual for brunch, try their salted churros – crisped to perfection on the outside yet light and fluffy on the inside – which is served alongside manchego, serrano jamon and a poached egg.
Holiday hours: Closed 24th Dec – 4th Jan.

8. Eighthirty
Located on the ground floor of the building most will be familiar with as the previous home of Rakinos, is Eighthirty’s newest café and our latest find catering to our daytime cravings. Pick up a delicious brew made from their majestic La Marzocco espresso machine, or sample one of their on-the-go food options including sandwiches, slices and cake.
Holiday hours: Closed Christmas day until 5th Jan.

9. Mary’s
The team formerly behind Remuera’s Shore Road Café have opened a cafe in what was the old Saint Mary’s Bay fire station. They offer a selection of both new, and tried and true dishes from their popular previous establishments, like the famed Vegan Black Sticky Rice with coconut cream, seasonal fruit and topped with toasted coconut, and the paleo friendly power salad. Their cabinet offerings are always a treat, with a selection of fresh salads and sandwiches changing daily.
Holiday hours: Closed Thursday 24th Dec – Sunday 27th. Friday Jan 1st – Sunday 3rd.

10. Ceremony
Their mouthwatering breakfast bun shot up to superstar fame shortly after opening. Imagine two custom brioche buns, freshly baked each morning from Il Forno, encasing a spectacular marriage of smoked bacon, soft fried egg, cheddar, caramelised onion jam and chipotle ketchup, or one of their enticing ‘special’ versions such as the braised pork belly, pickled carrot and daikon, house made 5-spice pâté, fresh coriander, over easy egg and Sriracha mayo.
Holiday hours: Closed 24th – 11th Jan.

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