OK but don't get a vegan iced chocolate here
Posted on 11 / 06 / 2013
Heard lots about this from my Auckland vegan friends. I went on a Friday night and the vibe was nice and the place was buzzing. The counter guy was super friendly and very cool.
Lots of vegan options. I had a Vegan Medley dish with fried tofu, wedges, spinach and other veges. It was ok, a bit like a cooked breakfast. Not amazing and the kind of thing I cook at home. My friend had the vegan burger and I wish I had ordered that. I had a bite and it was good. Another friend ordered the fries with the vegan aioli and that looked really good. She also ordered an iced chocolate. She's not vegan and neither was the iced chocolate. It made me think it would be really nice if I could have the same but a vegan version. I asked if they did one and they said yes. At this point, any sensible vegan would have inquired more closely as to how they were going to make it but being an ever hopeful optimistic vegan, I just thought it would be the same as my friend's. It wasn't. It was like water and cocoa powder all mixed together with ice thrown in. Yuck. I kinda thought if they said they could do a vegan iced chocolate they would have had vegan ice cream and topping and you know, made it special. This was horrible and undrinkable. To make up for it I had the chocolate mousse pie which was good and the peppermint crunch which was also good. Actually that probably was the best thing there that I ate.
Outside there are cafe tables filled with smokers. This means you have to walk through all that smoke to get in/out which is not pleasant and even inside, with the doors open, it still was a little smoky.
All in all it was good and bad, but certainly not amazing. The 'Midnite Espresso' cafe in Wellington which is very similar (as in it is a non veggie third wave cafe with heaps for vegans) is way way better for vegans. But this is ok, just not amazing.
chocolate peppermint slice, cool super friendly counter guy, wedges with vegan aioli
undrinkable iced chocolate, no 'wow' vegan food items, smoke