High ceilings must make it hard to heat, although the northerly aspect helps. We were warm enough but I noted one staff member was wearing a beanie. There’s a large commercial kitchen where they make jams and sauces as well as meals and cabinet food. At 9am there were at least seven staff on duty, and a similar number of customers, but by the time we left a couple of dozen more customers had come in. All the staff wear industrial-type aprons with pockets – very practical.
My breakfast choice was pulled corned silverside with potato, herb hash, and a poached egg, for $18. This was delicious and an excellent choice. Rather than a big brekkie, they offer poached eggs with extras. Stephen had eggs, bacon, hash browns, and homemade baked beans, which came to $25, a little more expensive than other places.
They use tea leaves, not bags (hurray!), and my tea was served in a fine china cup, a pleasant change from the many cafes which use thick cups for tea. The accompanying hot water came in a little bottle, which was uncomfortably hot to hold, and I needed two refills. Stephen queried whether his homemade baked beans had been properly baked. He suspected they may have had sauce added after cooking. The evidence was pieces of tomato in the sauce which would usually have disappeared in the baking process.
We’re pleased to have found a new central city breakfast location, especially one that opens at 8am on weekends (7am on weekdays), and will certainly go again. We did miss the lovely Hop Yick cat, and hope he’s found a happy retirement.
Afterwards we made our weekly visit to the Downtown Farmers’ Market for vegetables and eggs. Today we also bought apples, pickled onions, jam, and nougat. I love our weekly market shop. It makes the central city finally seem like a community, something that’s been missing for me since the earthquakes. Meeting friends at the market, and returning my library book in the same area all helps.
“We found a good new breakfast place
then went up to the market space.”