Quay Street Cafe, Britomart


I had the most amazing brioche french toast at Quay Street Cafe last weekend, after wandering around the Britomart precinct looking for a bite to eat. Ironically, my partner and I almost did not go in, as the place was so empty on a Sunday afternoon that we thought it was closed at first! But the waiter warmly welcomed us in, and explained the lunch specials to us.

My partner ordered the pan fried market fish with couscous, olives, and almonds along with a tap beer, for the $25 lunch special. The fish was fresh and the entire dish well-flavoured, but there was a lot of couscous and a rather small portion of fish, which made its pricetag seem a bit steep. However, I loved my dish – brioche french toast with blueberry and banana salad, praline pecan, and frozen banana whip, with bacon added on ($22) – the unique combination goes together very, very well, and there isn’t a thing I would change about it. They serve Harney and Sons teas (my favourite brand!), too, and my pomegranate oolong was excellent.

All in all, nice urban chic decor, good service, good food – but their prices seem a bit hefty. That being said, I’m sure I’ll be tempted to return someday.


Cost: $15 – $25 pp
Food: 4 Stars
Service: 4 Stars
Ambience: 4 Stars
Value for money: 3 Stars


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