Watson's Eatery

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211 George St, Wall Street Mall (at St Andrew St), Dunedin, New Zealand, 9016

An all-vegan cafe serves breakfast & lunch, both hot and cold dishes. Example items include pancakes, a "big breakfast", risotto, burger, noodles, laksa, wraps and cakes. Has a large selection of sweets and hot and cold drinks. Seating is open in a mall. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, International, Take-out

24 Reviews

First Review by ambitiousanimal97

Spoilt for choice + marvellous mocha - Edit

The choice from the cabinet food is plentiful; so many sweet options that I, with a self-proclaimed black belt in dessert eating since age 10, could not even pick one and went with a savoury option of pizza (oh the identity crisis!!) - with artichokes, vegan cheese and other yummies.

The mocha was just perfect, kudos to the barista!

Being located in the middle of a city mall is a bit stressful for an introvert like m'self, but then again -- let us just ponder for a moment that vegan grub has made it into the commercial spaces eh!! Easier than ever to eat make compassionate choices; keep it up Dunedin!

Pros: location - so accessible!

Cons: location - a bit noisy/uncosy

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Best baking ever - Edit

Hands down the best baking and cabinet food I’ve had ever. Such a huge range of baking we had difficulty choosing. Was here on the weekend and tried about 10 different baking bits with my partner and a friend who were here for the concert. Everything was delicious, flavoursome and presented beautifully. My friend couldn’t believe it was all vegan and how good it tasted. Had chips and the chicken burger and smash avo too and they were delicious. Stay and service were prompt and nice despite how busy they were. Will be back.

Pros: Vegan and gf baking , Chips and aioli, Sweet staff

Cons: Mall atmosphere noise

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Very good! - Edit

Delicious vegan cakes and cupcakes!

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Good food - Edit

Good coffee as well. Cabinet food is mesmerising. Service good and friendly.

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Great food - Edit

I was only visiting Dunedin for two days and came here for breakfast on both days because it was that good! I tried the Mushroom Risotto, Summer Buddha Bowl, Sausage Roll and Chocolate Avo Mousse Brownie cup (was sharing plates). All the food was flavourful and very filling. Would love to come back here if I got the chance.

Pros: Food, Friendly Staff, Central location

Cons: Mall atmosphere

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Awesome! - Edit

Great options for vegans. Totally amazing!

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Sehr, sehr gute Kuchen! - Edit

Alle Kuchen sahen so toll aus, dass wir uns kaum entscheiden konnten. Letztendlich wählten wir drei verschiedene (Bliss Ball, Brownie, Muesli Bar). Alle drei waren außergewöhnlich gut, aber auch sehr gehaltvoll! Am besten hat uns der Muesli Bar geschmeckt. Immer wieder gerne!

Pros: Freundliche Bedienung , Refined sugar free options , Große Auswahl an Kuchen

Cons: Nicht so gemütlich (direkt in einem Einkaufszentru

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Amazing! - Edit

Great food and very nice staff!

Pros: Heaven for vegans!

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Loved the cupcake! - Edit

This place was a good find in Dunedin. We had the Laksa and the 'chicken' burger. The laksa was delicious, not too spicy, very tasty. Burger was good. Great range of desserts. Loved the red velvet cupcake, but it was huge! Very delicious though!

Pros: All vegan, Good range, Lots of desserts

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OMG lifesaver LITERALLY - Edit

Came in on a cruise ship, they try but really don’t get ‘Vegan’. 5 days! Ruby Red Pancakes saved me...great staff, awesome food! Thank you!!! I got take out to have on the ship back to Sydney. Phew.

Pros: all fabulous

Cons: it’s not in Sydney as well!

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Average - Edit

Got here too late to try the menu so we ended up having filo with bean salad and snickers cheesecake. Really nothing exceptional about the flavours and the bean salad in particular was quite dull. Would try again with the menu though if back in Dunedin.

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Alimentary - Edit

We came here a few times during our week in Dunedin and I found the food consistently tasty. On our first visit, for lunch, we had the burger ($19) and the risotto ($20), both of which were delicious with decent serving sizes. The risotto was rich and filling. On later visits we tried cabinet food, including a savoury scone, pizza slice and fritters. While these were good, they suffered from the same thing savoury cabinet food does at a lot of places: being nuked. Microwaving baked food just destroys its texture. This notwithstanding, I would recommend this place, and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly, attentive staff

Cons: Microwaved cabinet food (as with many cafes)

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Fabulous food - Edit

Visiting Dunedin and have been to Watson's every day. So much to choose from and some different things in the cabinet each day. I would take this higher if I could. Very good prices. Lovely people too.

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delicious and pretty at the same time - Edit

All vegan eatery where you can find burgers, sandwiches, muffins, slices.... everything you expect at a caffee suitable for breakfast or hearty lunch or snack accompanied with delicious coffee. Very clean new modern interior and the staff is sooo friendly that you just want to stay and chat with them all day 😉

Pros: fully vegan, friendly staff, fast service even dur

Cons: chocolate cake was little too sweet 🤗

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Amazing - Edit

Been here every week since opening. I can’t resist buying atleast 3-4 slices a week. The baking is amazing, soo many delicious options and everything I’ve had, was fabulous. Well priced, beautifully presented and interesting and unique flavours for cakes. Love it!

Pros: Staff are friendly , Good signs and descriptions

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Excellent - Edit

Great service, prices and very friendly staff. Cakes are fabulous, good location.

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Delicious breakfast surpassed expectations - Edit

We both had the tofu scramble breakfast that came with sausages, beans, mushroom and tomato all served on fried toast. It was delicious and presented beautifully. Also it was huge! We'd strongly recommend. The coffee was decent too.

Pros: delicious , generous serving size, friendly

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very yummy, wide selection - Edit

Again I’m just heading through driving the South Island.. this was an awesome find and I def wanna head back for the pancakes!!! We stopped here as we got into the city after a long drive and got a few counter options that were all great!

Pros: tones of options, cooked and counter, friendly sta

Cons: for us we were hoping for outdoor seating as we ha

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Great - Edit

Excellent cafe, since Finding it a week ago I’ve been in every day. The salads and cabinet food have been the same daily which is a disappointing but the coffee and slices have been delicious. I loved the twix, Ferrero and jelly tip slices. Will come in more for sweet treats and am looking forward to trying an ice coffee.

Pros: Baking , Price

Cons: Same salads and savoury cabinet

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Vegan in the mall - Edit

Fantastic to see an all vegan cafe in a mall where you usually only find the standard chain food shops.

Big choice of counter food and menu food, yummy slices and drinks.

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So many options, awesome - Edit

I loved this place, there are loads of mains, smaller dishes in the deli and desserts too. I had the mac and cheese (which was a bit under seasoned, but it was huge and cheap), a sausage roll and the twix slice. The slice was sooooo good. Definitely want to go back here again as there’s lots of other stuff I want to try.

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amazing food! - Edit

A little cafe inside the shopping mall. The food was delicious and fresh. I had a bowl with fried tofu and my husband had the mushroom risotto. Both were great.

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Delicious Food, Friendly Service - Edit

Nice variety of breakfast and lunch offerings. We had the Big Breakfast - scrambled tofu on toast with grilled mushrooms, tomato, and their own slightly smokey baked beans - and the Summer Buddha Bowl - quinoa, seasonal herbs and vegetables, avocado. Both were delicious. The deserts looked so tempting we had to try the peanut butter cup and the ginger slice. We had to box up half as it was quite rich. We also picked up some takeaway sandwiches from the cabinet for supper since vegan food is generally a challenge to find in New Zealand after 5pm. We were very happy to find a fully vegan restaurant with delicious options.

Pros: Varied vegan menu, friendly staff

Cons: Closes at 5pm

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Vegan Delights - Edit

The opening of this all vegan cafe is a must try! Absolutely divine desserts. Best raw vegan desserts I've tried so far in Dunedin.Highly recommend the bliss balls or any of the slices. The range of food available covers pancakes to sandwiches to salads.
Even though they put the 'v' symbols on the cabinet, everything is vegan!

Will be back again to try one of their lunches

Pros: Fresh food, Not too expensive for the portion of food, Everything is vegan!

Cons: Food can sell out quickly , Not many gluten free options

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