Frasers Cafe – Mt Eden, Auckland

Wow, what a transformation with the new look, the place is fantastic.  It’s bigger, it’s better and it works – making the cafe experience quite the  feast.

Back in the day when I lived around the corner I’d have their scrambled eggs on toast two to three times a week – the creamiest type ever, really good stuff.

These days I visit here in the evenings to catch up with my good mate Bruce the builder from Subdivision Builders for coffees and treats after we’ve had a few beers down the road.

Overall score: 09/10 for a nice atmosphere, food, coffee and great customer service with staff who clearly love their jobs (well you’d like to think so).

Frasers, 434 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland – 09 630 6825

Cafe Monet – Newmarket

I’ve been visiting this family business for 20 years, almost since its inception in fact.  If you want professional chef styled food and service that can’t be beaten then Cafe Monet is it.

When Bon has a client or prospect to impress where the first impressions on every level needs to be met, then Cafe Monet is where I’ll take them for breakfast or lunch.  It becomes a memorable experience for the client and starts the business relationship extremely well.

My favourite meal of all time at Cafe Monet is the Mediterranean Vege Panini – its massive and soooo tasty and helps to satisfy one of my vegetarian days (you know, we’re all trying a few meat free days at the moment).

The only downside to the frequent experience is that wanker mob, Wilson’s parking, who now control the car park in front.  But when you go, don’t give those pricks your money – pop into the cafe and ask for a parking ticket, they will write you one out for 2 hours – awesome 🙂

Overall score: 11/10 (it’s my blog so I can do an 11) – OUTSTANDING, nothing more to be said for the best cafe experience in Auckland by far.

Cafe Monet, 55 Remuera Road, Newmarket, Auckland – 09 522 2050

Here are some recent yummy meals from a few visits – oh la la.

Olivers – Orewa

By far this is the best cafe in Orewa by a country mile – there are others, but if you’re after value for money, good coffee and exceptional service, you can’t go past Oliver’s.

I got introduced to Oliver’s by the lovely couple, Andy and Paula Dunn who run 363 Orewa, a Luxury Studio Accommodation Air B n B type place and so I now make a point of calling in to Oliver’s when passing through the town or staying at 363.  NB, If you want five star accommodation you’ve got to try (like I’ve done about 10 times now) 363 Orewa for a great experience, right on the beach with wonderful hosts. As an added bonus, it only takes about three minutes to walk to Olivers.

I’ve almost had every thing on the menu at Oliver’s now.  My favourite would have to be the Zucchini Corn Fritters or the Smashed Avocado.

Overall score: 11/10 – fantastic food, great coffee with friendly attentive staff, and an 11/10 for 363 Orewa.

Olivers, 340 Hibiscus Coast Hwy, Orewa, Auckland – 09 421 1156

Java Jungle – Browns Bay

A couple of good friends, Mr de Witt and Mr Sandstone like to go to Java Jungle – when I enjoy breakfast with either it is always the Mince on Toast for both of us.  There is another friend (the girl type), she insists on something with greens in it, so I don’t catch up too often with her 🙂 nah, she’s all good, but sure as hell glad not to be married to that one.

Java Jungle is effectively right on the beach and on a good day you can sit outside in the sun and watch the passers by – quite often one of them stops for a chat (often a problem when you know half of Auckland).  Depending on the season and if you arrive around opening time, you can get spoilt watching the sun come up too 🙂

Over the years the staff seem to have a consistent demeanor – friendly, fast and efficient – that’s all a customer wants, oh and good food and coffee.  Java Jungle gets the top mark in all aspects.

Overall score: 9/10 – BEST mince on toast EVER – big call, but true.

77 Beachfront Ln, Browns Bay, Auckland – 09 479 6913

Mozaik Cafe

So it’s the 1st of the month (April fools) and Miss Lai picked me up and said we’re off to lunch.

She’s heard me rave about the chicken enchiladas at Mozaik in Albany, so she was keen to try one.

I couldn’t say no to one of my besties so off we went – and the bonus, she picked up the tab in our usual my turn/your turn scenario 🙂

I’ve been visiting the various Mozaik’s around Auckland for a while now – consistent and the menu is virtually the same at all the locations.  Most of the staff are great and they remember ones idiosyncrasies to make you feel special.

Overall score: 9/10 – great food, great coffee and atmosphere.

15 Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany – 09 915 8875

In the gallery below, I recall one of the many trips to the cafe with two of my darling nieces, Brianna and Madison – Madi ordered the Fish and Chips and out came the most perfectly cooked schnapper fillets ever.  Madi being Madi however, she didn’t like them done proper, so Uncle Bon got to feast on them instead.

The Coffee Club – Penrose

My darling friend Miss Lai (bestie in the top three type of girl) and I have been visiting the Coffee Club for over a year now, normally about once a fortnight or when we get the urge in the gaps.  The Coffee Club in Penrose sort of grows on you, it’s definitely my favourite in the group thus far.  My only gripe is the coffee is a bit on the high side, price wise, but the food is good, really good, so it makes up for it.

Penrose has some nice staff and ones that recognise regulars so you sort of feel special – yeah customers like that, pity a lot of cafes really don’t get that.

The other day I got the call, “new menu Mr Bon, when are we going?”.  When one of your top three besties suggests lunch you got to respond quick smart and drop everything.

I had the vegetarian Balsamic Mushroom & Herb Cream Cheese Ciabatta (comes with complimentary fries) whilst the pretty girl had the Potato Rosti with Smashed Avo & Feta with smoked salmon – seriously good all round.

Overall score: 9/10 again – near the perfect 10 on occassion for sure.

ASB Building, 381-383 Great South Rd, Greenlane, Auckland – 09 525 6715

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Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA Albany

They’ve shifted the cafe from up top of the building to adjacent in the garden area and it works a treat.

It was only a brief visit on this occasion with a darling friend who wants me venture into real estate with her (yeah, I almost puked too).  I declined that idea but took her up on these yummy treats and a long back.

They looked so delicious we had to split them to share.

Overall score: 9/10 – simply brilliant – coming back soon to Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA Albany to sample the main menu.

260 Oteha Valley Road, Albany, Auckland09 448 2119