If you’ve never been to Rad cafe in Mt Eden before, you must. You’ll be in for a treat. The menu is deceivingly simple at first glance and contains your typical standard coffee chain brunch items like an omelettes and sandwich rolls. What you actually get however, is a completely different story- they have mastered the art of separating the association of the word standard with the word boring by adding in their own magical flair to elevate the food without the pretentiousness.
The cafe was already full when we arrived on a late Friday morning but we managed to snag a table within minutes.
It was a tough decision between their classic Mushrooms on Toast, infamous Eggs Benny, or something from their new menu but in the end, I opted for the Smoked Kahawai Hash with Pea purée.
What a dish! The buttery smooth pea puree was the perfect undertone to the distinctly smoky Kahawai (which might I add retained its succulence unlike typical versions that are smoked to the point of being dry). Every component of this dish had its own unique flavour and melded together in perfect harmony. It was quite hearty without being heavy, and I know I’ll be torn over between ordering it again or trying something new next time.
My friend ordered the Omelette Exhibit ‘A’- Roast pumpkin, pine nuts, spinach, cheddar cheese, tomato chutney, toast ($18.00).
This was one tasty and creamy omelette indeed and she thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was very friendly and knowledgeable, and our food came out in a jiffy which was even better as we were on a time constraint to watch Train to Busan (an extremely popular South Korean movie about a zombie apocalypse) afterward. I only managed to capture a few hurried snaps before we dove into our meal with gusto, much to the food envy of neighbouring diners (we had food envy back when their dishes arrived after we finished ours).
The prices at Rad are reasonable, the staff were clearly passionate about what they do and the food is stunning.
Rad, you are a special gem.
Rad Cafe | 397 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden | www.thereturnofrad.co.nz