The Botanist is a beautiful new cafe hidden in Shed 13 – The City Works Depot. Its a shared cafe with a florist hence the name.
This place I’m a bit unsure of. The decor is warm with soft tones and comfortable seating. Newly opened a month or two ago its set up is a bit confusing. There is no table service so you order up at the counter and can choose from the options on the deli bench. However there are also items on the wall menu which is made from their kitchen that can be ordered. The staff member we spoke to was friendly but unsure on what he was telling us on each question we asked, and when he was confirming with the another staff member she ignored him – Strange or Rude?
Anyway I opted for the pizza of the day which was $8 and had a side salad which was $5. My friend chose the lamb which then you could pick a selection of salads for the sides. BTW we went for lunch, they also do dinner from Weds-Fri.
We both agreed for the price we paid it prob wasn’t quite the best value for money. The pizza slice I ordered wasn’t really heated up so it was difficult to eat the base which was a shame because the flavours were there! My friends lamb plate all up was $16 and from the pic you can see you should expect a bit more for that price. A great positive were the drinks! Both tasted really good and were $7ea, which seams to be the rough standard price in Auckland now. Also the barista is quick as he whipped the drinks out soon after we sat down to eat.
Tbh I think they just need to tweak bits and pieces which may come in time because there is great potential with such a beautiful setup.
Value for Money: Average
Shed 13, City Works Depot
90 Wellesley St W, Auckland