Love this palm tree at the Nor'wester Cafe

Love this palm tree at the Nor’wester Cafe

There are plenty of places that do coffee and a muffin.  But if you’re looking for something a little bit special for Sunday brunch then the following all have great food and nice outdoor areas to sit and enjoy it.

Soda Cafe – Rangiora – I love the setting of this place, the pretty little garden offers plenty of seating and some shady spots.  Great food too.  I rarely get excited about scones, too often they’re dry and flavourless, salvaged only by lashings of butter,  but the orange and date one I tried here recently was just perfect.  Bacon butty also looked good with a fried egg on the top.  The only downside is that every time I’ve been recently it’s been packed to the gills.  So get there early if you want to get in.

The Station Cafe – Rangiora – Honestly,  I’ve had some really mixed experiences here service wise.  Generally I’ve found it’s been great, really nice and friendly when I’ve been for dinner in the evenings but have had a couple of very poor experiences when I’ve been during the day.  But, but, but…the food is generally pretty good and they’ve got a good breakfast menu.  Plus a nice outdoor area with the added bonus of a sandpit for littlies.

Brick Mill Cafe – Waikuku –  We headed out here for a Sunday brunch a wee while back, before Christmas and it was just lovely.  They have a beautiful garden out at the back with plenty of tables plus a good range of breakfast dishes and cabinet food.  We opted for a seasonal special of fresh asparaguas with  hollandaise sauce and poached egg. Yum yum.

Pukeko Junction – Leithfield – Another place that has a great reputation for its food.  Full breakfasts, eggs bene  – all the usual and some healthy options like muesli.  You’d have to be pretty disciplined to order a bowl of muesli when you’re breakfasting out.  Often super busy but well worth a visit.

Nor’wester Cafe – Amberley – It feels like you’re somewhere tropical sitting out in the courtyard of the Nor’wester.  It must be that amazingly massive palm tree.  Either way it makes for a lovely outdoor eating experience and the food and service were also pretty slick when we went up there a couple of weeks ago.  The ‘Windjammer Breakfast’ (the full works with black pudding, bacon, tomatoes, mushroom, eggs, etc) looked great but my choice of eggs bene with spinach was delicious and felt slightly healthier.




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