This new, suburban eatery is worthy of traveling across town for.
In an area surrounded by a labyrinth of schools, it’s a wonder why Epsom has been void of decent cafés where rushing parents can find some peace after the school drop-off. So, when we came across this exceptional new eatery on Great South Road (intersecting Market Road) worthy of satisfying our morning needs, we breathed a sigh of relief.
Hello Friends + Allies is a spacious, light-filled café housed in what was one of the last video stores in Auckland. The space has been utterly transformed, flaunting a grand marble counter top, large communal tables, hanging greenery, and a collection of eclectic artwork. Spearheading the operation is Fran Mazza (a trained pastry chef) and Aaron Carson, who formally owned Henderson’s popular Little Sister café.
On first look, you’ll be ogling over the abundance of home-made baking, from the coconut ice with freeze-dried raspberries and beetroot to add the colour rather than artificial colouring, to the rum and vanilla doughnuts, passion fruit curd cake, and gluten-free sour cream and blueberry cakes that have the soft, moist texture of a cheesecake. Meanwhile, their cabinet offerings are brimming with unconventional renditions of the favourites including breakfast baps, salads, and sandwiches, all of which have a slight Italian influence.
Their menu is another story, showcasing a slew of unique and delicious items. If you’re after something light, the cacao or cinnamon-maple granola, organic coconut, chia seed coconut infused yogurt and summer fruits is a winner, otherwise the grilled broccoli and baby carrots with sourdough, provolone cheese, poached eggs, caramelised almonds and puffed quinoa is light and delicious. For something a little more substantial, go for the fenugreek roasted potato with house cured salmon, haloumi and free-range poached eggs, or if you just can’t make up your mind, the breakfast board which has it all — granola, boiled eggs with rye soldiers, prosciutto, haloumi, chorizo, cured salmon, rocket pesto, vine ripened tomato and half an avocado. And, for those who’re into spending Sundays sipping at a variety of unique tea blends, their soon to be opening high-tea will be right up your alley.
It’s safe to say that this newcomer has filled a gap in the busy area, so we’re welcoming Hello Friends + Allies with opening arms, inhaling their delicious treats and satiating menu, all of which is well worth traveling across town for.
Hello Friends + Allies
93 Great South Road
(09) 520 5708