Once Strangers. But upon leaving this cute cafe, you will no longer be. This relatively new eatery on Eden Terrace is an bus ride or walk from uni, making it a great way to fill in those long breaks between classes. However, if you’re driving in like I did, be prepared to hunt around a bit for parking and know your streets well as you may accidentally find yourself on the motorway with a wrong turn (hey, I’m not saying I did it this time, but I have almost done that a lot of times).
It’s adorned simply but gives a welcoming vibe with the large glass walls looking out onto the streets (perfect for people watching). Each table has a pair of card packs jam full of interesting, thought-provoking questions in getting to know each other more. Even though my friend and I have known each other for years, some of the questions really brought up interesting moments/ facts!
There’s even an ice cream cabinet with a range of Kohu Road for you to indulge in by the scoop, to whizz up in a creamy shake, or to top off a stack of freshly made waffles.
To share, we had the Miso Butterscotch shake ($7.90). This was utterly indulgent without being sickening, and not as scary of a leap of a new experience as it sounds. If you are a fan of salted caramel, the Miso Butterscotch shake is the drink for levelling up on your foodie appreciation scale.
Soft Baked Eggs – baked on top of tomato sauce and kidney beans, topped with parmesan and served with ciabatta ($15.00)
If you’re a safe bruncher who typically orders eggs benny, baked eggs are yet again another classic dish that you can’t go wrong with.
Crispy Prawn Burger- housemade prawn patty with grilled pineapple, cabbage and lettuce slaw, tartar sauce in a brioche bun served with a side of fries or salad ($18.50).
Finally someone brings a crispy prawn burger to New Zealand! The patty was springy (similar to those deep fried crab claw balls you get at chinese wedding banquets if you will), and was a wonderful palate change to your typically meaty or vegetarian style burgers. An extra slice of pineapple to maximize the juiciness would have complemented the burger better for me.
Despite thoroughly enjoying our own dishes, we had extreme food envy watching the staff scooping ice cream onto fat, fluffy waffles for the other patrons. The deliciously sweet eggy-vanilla scent kept wafting around, inducing deep inhales of pleasure from our table.
The menu is infallible with bao buns, savoury and sweet waffles, Kohu road ice cream, and classic favourites like eggs benny and baked eggs. What’s not to love about this humble cafe?
Once Strangers | 159 Symonds Street, Auckland | facebook