In a tiny nook, sandwiched between Longroom and Burger Fuel on Ponsonby Road, Santos cafe has been pouring steamed milk into freshly extracted brew for well over a decade. And while it’s been a faithful local for many over its time, it was certainly due for a makeover. Introducing the new café in its place: Long Shot.
We like its name—a clever play on words that aligns it with its sibling restaurant Longroom, while also playing on coffee lingo. Long Shot, get it?
The space itself has had a drastic makeover. Gone is the tired wood and cluttered feel. In its place an airy, spacious room with feature lights, accents of marble and licks of black.
The menu takes your classic cafe favourites and injects them with modern flair. Baked beans are made in-house and paired with spiced chorizo and a gooey poached egg, with toasted pide to soak it all up. Their take on the humble bene is ham and cheese waffles topped with wilted spinach, poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise.
It looks like the English classic—the Scotch Egg—is making a resurgence here. The soft poached egg is encased in minced meat, crumbed and fried. It’s served alongside a salad of potato, peas, cocktail onions and cornichons.
The lunch menu is broken up into small, shared plates and mains for those of you who despise the shared-meal trend. There’s a classic Wagyu burger, a mushroom risotto and beautiful Cloudy Bay clams steamed with white wine, garlic and chilli.
To share there’s saffron and mozzarella arancini, chilli salted squid, crispy chicken wings and crispy pork belly with miso among other hard-to-resist nibbles.
As for the drinks, they serve perfectly brewed All Press coffee along with freshly squeezed juices and an array of smoothies. And you’ll be pleased to know the service is attentive and friendly.
Now that we really think about it, Ponsonby Road was in dire need on a cafe like Long Shot. It hasn’t gone down the track of hippy, health-centric. It doesn’t have some over-the-top theme and it doesn’t try too hard. It simply serves good cafe fare and strong brew to wash it all down with. And some days, that’s exactly what we’re after.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews