Great vegan menu
Posted on 12 / 31 / 2013
I would highly recommend this cafe to vegans travelling in the area. Although it unfortunately serves meat, it is nevertheless a haven for vegetarians in a cruel world! After leaving Auckland and driving around in volcano country for a few days, we thought we would not get a decent breakfast again until Wellington. Dry toast and bottled 'juice' was our typical fare. Most cafés in the tourist areas did not even have soy milk!!
At Fine Fettle all this changed. We got freshly squeezed juice. And fresh wholemeal bread straight out of the oven, made from organic flour they grind themselves. They have a separate menu listing all their vegan items, so you can feel completely confident in what you order, without worrying about suddenly getting a mouthful of mayonnaise in your sandwich, as happened in other places!
The full vegan breakfast had delicious flavourful sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato, house made baked beans, salt and pepper crispy slices of tofu, hommus for the toast and, saving the best till last, the yummiest hash browns. They were actually like a crispy thin mashed potato cake with lots of finely chopped parsley. On a future visit I would ask for a whole plate of these! The coffee was mellow and rich flavoured. My only suggestion would be that they switch to a non-sweetened brand of soy milk, as it gave the coffee an odd taste.
The rest rooms were also very nice and clean, but this seems to be the norm in New Zealand (unlike Australia).
Vegan menu, Scrumptious hash browns, Extremely fresh food
Sweetened funny tasting soy milk