The team behind Albany’s Fields and Māngere’s Percy are famed for creating eateries with a welcoming atmosphere and exceptional fare, and they’ve replicated this exact vibe with their latest venture, Huddle. A neighbourhood joint situated just across the road from Colin Maiden Park and forming part of the ongoing development of Te Tauoma on the site of the former Tāmaki campus of the University of Auckland, Huddle fills a much-needed gap in the St John and Stonefields cafe scene.
Huddle is a cafe for everybody — equally as pleasing to nearby workers as it is to sports teams and passers-by. Whether you desire a post-workout smoothie (after a class at the nearby pilates studio), a rejuvenating cup of Atomic coffee or the use of a private room for lunch with colleagues (it seats up to 20), Huddle is destined to be a hubbub of activity.
When you first step into the inviting space, it envelops you with its bright and contemporary feel. Designed by Material Creative, the firm best known for its delightfully surprising design, clever details alluding to the cafe’s name soon become apparent — ‘huddle’ being the action of a team gathering together. This sports-related ethos is mirrored in everything from the ‘field markings’ on the floor to the goal-post-shaped pendant lights, not to mention the community-focused idea of ‘bringing it in’.
You’ll be drawn into Huddle for the location and ambience, but you’ll return time after time for its exquisite food. Traditional brunch dishes are done impeccably and with a modern twist. Think chilli scrambled egg on toast (with the option to add crab meat), eggs benedict with brown butter hollandaise and potato rosti, smooth and creamy chocolate granola (that is also gluten- and dairy-free), and smashed peas on kumara sourdough.
Elevated lunch options will tantalise your tastebuds — we highly recommend the Korean-style chicken tacos with gochujang sauce and pineapple and jalapeno salsa, or the refreshing papaya salad with grilled garlic butter prawns and chilli and lime dressing. There’s also a bounty of sweet treats in the cabinet, from coffee and custard lamingtons to chocolate almond croissants, making the Huddle the perfect destination for a well-deserved pick-me-up.
Ultimately, Huddle is a place that will bring together people with its stellar service and offering. Join us in flocking to this cafe from today as it opens its doors to hungry groups in search of a good cup of coffee, a hearty meal, and an unbeatable ambience.
Monday — Friday, 7am to 3pm.
Saturday — Sunday, 8am to 4pm.
261 Morrin Road