Tucked in the corner of Victoria St is an urban farmers market, a florist, and a cafe all in one store under the name of Scarecrow. Their focus is on local produce and provide a range of healthy options for all your dietary requirements. I popped in with my friend in the late morning after our class and we had the loveliest brunch and tea.
The theme of the cafe is rather organic with wooden tables, floors, and shelves apart from this marble table which we situated ourselves on because it was the first one we saw that was free, and had a good outdoor view. I got a little too excited with taking photos because everything looked so pretty!
I ordered the Shakshuka- Middle Easter style eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce with feta ($14.00). It came with two pieces of toasted bread which I’m assuming is from their little bakery corner stocked with Wild Wheat artisan bread. I found it very, very subtle in spiciness compared to other shakshuka’s that I’ve tried, but it was a filling brunch and perfect for the coming cold weather.
I also ordered a Chai tea ($4.00) while my friend ordered a Mocha ($5.00). They were presented in the cutest cups and proved to be the perfect brews for long, deep conversations.
My friend ordered the Brisket on Rye- peppered beef, hot mustard, sauerkraut, and pickle ($15.00). Hearty and filling but I was surprised at the amount of fat in the brisket considering the healthy/ organic vibe of this cafe, I thought they were eggplant slices when my friend was putting them onto the side of her plate but it was actually slices of fat that took up nearly half the amount of the meat in her sandwich.
Scarecrow proves to be the perfect retreat for an affordable, filling, and healthy brunch in the CBD. It has everything you need under one roof, from magazines and newspapers for the solo diner, to long communal tables for large group catch ups.
Scarecrow | 33 Victoria Street, Auckland CBD 10103 |