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Deluxe Expresso Bar

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 9 reviews )
Contact 04-8015455

10 Kent Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand,

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe with small menu that's vegetarian except for non-veg sandwiches that are brought in (not made on the premise). Usually has 1 or 2 vegan suitable desserts. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (9)

First Review by loubee

Cool cafe - Edit

This cafe has a great vibe. They make great coffee, only cabinet food available but they always seem to have at least one sweet and one savoury vegan option =)

Pros: Vegan options, Great coffee

Cons: Small selection of food

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Delicious vegan options in downtown Wellington - Edit

This cafe has great vegan options. We tired the vegan polenta pizzas and the vegan sushi. Coffee and soy chai also very good. Highly recommended!

Pros: delicious food, nice atmosphere, friendly people

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Several vegan meals and treats - Edit

Small café with several vegan items. I would like to try them all. I had a white bean ball with pesto, served with chutney and/or salsa for $8.60. Good.

Pros: vegan options, pleasant service

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Best Vegan Cupcake - Edit

Oh goodness, the cupcake (I think the flavor was blood orange) I had was out of the world. It is in a small, cozy store which has a quaint charm to it. Give this place a visit when you're in town.

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Consistent and funky - Edit

Do coffee on soy or rice milk - always good - plus the BEST chai in Wellington (Phoenix Organics Chai Loka).

Counter food only, BUT:
Always have vegan sweets, including amazing monster cupcakes.
Always have vegan tempeh wrap (my favourite), vegan brown rice/tofu sushi (my second favourite), a savoury ball (usually vegan), and salads, bakes etc (sometimes vegan).

However, the food is prepared in the morning, and not topped up during the day - so if you come in the afternoon, the vegan items may all be sold out.

Order and pay at the counter, and only one person making coffee and serving sometimes, so you might need to wait a bit. No table service. It's pretty small, so you might need to sit outside on the pavement (which can be cold in winter and noisy from traffic) or if you're unlucky you might not get a table at all.

Definitely worth a try. I dream of the cupcakes.

Pros: Cupcakes!, Tempeh roll!, Sushi!

Cons: Small, Slow service

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Great Ambiance - Edit

Although a small place, they have a groovy ambiance, good food selection and quality coffee - perfect for a quick snack or lunch. The salad was always good as well as the savory balls. And of course the desserts - they always had some gluten free and/or vegan options. Went back there twice and was never disappointed. It was nice to get a good value healthy meal while sitting in the middle of Wellington's hip crowd and reading local newspapers.

Pros: good food, vegan dessert, cool ambiance

Cons: small

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awesome food but get in quick - Edit

Deluxe has a similar vibe to Midnight Espresso on Cuba st - a bit grungey, long-standing and veg friendly. However, Deluxe feels a lot less homely and one is much less likely to linger there after getting something to eat. However, they have some delish food. Number one for me has got to be the huge vegan cupcakes, which come in fun flavours (e.g. lime and passionfruit, coconut and blueberry...) drowning in icing, yum yum yum. On the healthier side of things, they always have an awesome vegan salad and I'm a fan of their veg+tofu sushi rolls. However, make sure you get in early as they don't seem to replenish their food over the day. Plus, the baker makes the cupcakes for the next day in the evening and wouldn't bend the rules to let me order one early, despite the rest of the food being nearly cleared out :(

Pros: Monster vegan cupcakes, Healthy vegan eats

Cons: At-times-awkward atmosphere, Runs out of food

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Deluxe, Maranui & Queen Sally's Diamond St Deli - Edit

These are all owned by the same people. Maranui has improved for us vegans after the fire last year and now has a little v to let us know what we can eat. They have great vegan options and even label the side dishes with a v - you can have the Victory vegetarian breakfast and make it vegan with their wonderful hash browns instead of the pesto and egg. The seaside scrambled tofu is a favourite. The deli is just around the corner and has the salads and delicious cupcakes that Maranui and Deluxe have. I love these places and the atmosphere is wonderful. You do have to queue at Maranui but it's well worth it if not for the views definitely for the food. Enjoy!

Pros: Fantastic Staff, Wonderful Food, Amazing views

Cons: there's meat on the menu

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Good central Wellington option - Edit

Small cafe. Has no kitchen so is limited to counter food. They are associated with midnight espresso so counter food is similar. Usually has two or three vegan savoury options and sometimes vegan cake or muffins. Great coffee!
Their rice balls/rice cake are really filling and the tempeh salad wraps are also quite substantial. We will go here for a bite to eat if we are at that end of Courtney Place. Otherwise tend to go to Midnight Espresso judt because there is more choice at the latter.

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