There’s a fairly relaxed vibe at City Farm Cafe. Surrounded by herb gardens, leafy trees and a smattering of sunflowers, you can’t help but feel some of the city stress melting away. My friend Egg and I like to meet for brunch at various venues around town, and we invariably discuss work. We’re both migration agents and like most of our kind, we love discussing work and finding solutions for difficult or complex cases. It’s endlessly interesting, and combining our discussions with a coffee and breakfast seems the perfect way to do things. Two heads are always better than one, especially in this industry.
My long macchiato was the hearty caffeine dose I needed to get the brain cells into gear. When it came to choosing my meal, I went for my old favourite, scrambled eggs. I really do love scrambled eggs, but they seem a bit boring really when there are so many inventive morning dishes on offer these days. Nevertheless, this lot featured tasty matured cheddar and chives, so that won me over instantly.
Egg went for her staple food; smashed avocado on toast. Now Egg had arrived well before me, and had wolfed down her avo toast before I could say “good morning!” So sadly I don’t have a picture of that, but I don’t think you’re missing out on much. It’s not that adventurous as far as meals go. You can picture it – green mashed stuff on bread, toasted.
My scrambled eggs were silky, moist and really good. The cheese and chives added some zoosh to what can be a bland dish, and the eggs were cooked to perfection. You can see them glistening in the pic below.
Egg tasted them just to see if I was exaggerating about how good they were. I wasn’t and she concurred.
The cafe was quiet at 9.30 when I arrived, but by the time we left at 11.30 the place was rapidly filling up with an early lunch crowd from nearby offices. The cafe is big enough to cater for working groups, and there were a few business meetings underway. The tables are well spread out too, so you don’t have to worry about the peeps at the next table listening in on your conversation.
There is a range of home made cakes and slices available, so we settled on a lemon slice to share when our main course had long since disappeared. This was very lemony and gooey and just enough to satisfy our sweet tooths.
City Farm Cafe serves a range of rolls, salads, quiches and pies for lunch and they looked very tempting in the display cabinet. There were stuffed mushrooms, savoury tarts and muffins being added to the cabinet throughout the time we were there, and they looked equally enticing. All of the food looked fresh and delicious.
A growers market operates at the City Farm premises on Saturday morning, so it would be an ideal time to combine some shopping with a bite to eat. This is a pleasant environment for a brunch or lunch, and I’ll certainly be back to try one of those yummy lunch dishes. And maybe another cake.