Treat yourself to a breakfast (or lunch) of champions at this bold Newmarket cafe.
Newmarket has its lucky stars to thank for the fact that the maestros behind Mount Eden’s notable RAD cafe have chosen the shopping precinct as the location for their latest venture. Having quietly opened its doors a little over a fortnight ago, the meticulous operators, the Tran family, have spent that time honing their menu and perfecting the service until ready to make the announcement of CHAMP’s arrival official.
The new daytime eatery is unmissable thanks to its primary blue façade on the bottom of Remuera Road, an area we’ve usually only treated as a thoroughfare between Broadway and Nuffield Street. The interior (executed primarily by the Material Creative design team) is simplistic and utilitarian; original wood flooring and serviceable long tables flanked by blue-upholstered booth seating and several leaners located near the entrance.
Duke, a self-professed coffee nerd, will likely be stationed behind the coffee machine plying patrons with some unique (and delicious) single origin filter coffee, which at the moment is a Guatemalan variety called Geisha. Meanwhile, from the kitchen comes a succinct line-up of satisfying, Vietnamese-inspired dishes. A novel offering is the sautéed prawn eggs benedict with shrimp hollandaise served on a toasted croissant, while the soul-warming toasties — grilled in the classic triangular Breville machine might we add — will surely suffice for those feeling less adventurous.
With plenty of other gratifying dishes to choose from including an exceptional iteration of soft shell crab with papaya salad, and the typical Southeast Asian breakfast of a pork chop atop a bed of roasted sweet potato and sourdough with a fried egg and medley of tomatoes, we have no doubt that the folk who live and work in Newmarket will regularly be making a beeline for this ultra-promising new community cafe.
17a Remuera Road