After my stint in London, I am back in Auckland and ready to rip back into the wild food scene. If I learnt anything in London, although there is a lot of eateries on offer, I found it difficult to find any place that nailed brunch. A kiwi’s fav meal, it had to be one of my first meals out.
My first venture: Hello Friends and Allies. Chic, bright and airy cafe in Remuera/Epsom.
The cafe follows similar trend to most cafes in Auckland these days with mismatched chairs and sharing tables. It has a welcoming feel with a clean white design, hanging plants and large open windows which allows the sun to stream in. I thought I might have been all cheesed out after travelling around Italy and Greece the last three weeks, but I had to try the Pea and Marscapone Bruschetta. What was great about this dish, the cheese didn’t over power the dish and the pea was still evident. Its a great portion size and great value for money.
I had a little nibble of my dining partners dish. I was purely just interested in trying the kumara sourdough. Again another well thought out dish. The egg oozed out perfectly. Although it was cooked in beetroot liquid, it gave it a bright pink colour, but that was about it. The only little complaint, the kumara sourdough, was too soft in the middle and quite crusty on the outside. I can say the chefs were definitely our allies here! The FOH staff not so much. As it was a weekday, and not overly busy, the staff could use a pep in their step and a smile.
Overall, a great start back to Auckland and would return again!
Value for Money: Very Good
93 Great South Road, Epsom