The midday activity of lunching is something we take very seriously here at The Urban List. While it’s tempting to stay within the comforting (and scrumptious) surroundings of Ponsonby and the CBD, there are a couple of ‘burbs that are giving these two hotspots a run for their money.
Last Tuesday we cruised on over to Point Chev—home to popular neighbourhood eatery Twisted Tomato. Not only were we rather chuffed to get a glimpse of Chris Warner sipping on a trim flattie, we were totally blown away by the nosh that landed on our table.
Decked out with brightly coloured cushions, DIY painted tables, grey concrete floors, funky lights and honeycomb-shaped shelves, Twisted Tomato oozes character from every inch. It has injected a new lease of life into the Point Chev shops area and is the sort of place you could take your nan, bae or colleague and know you’ll be treated to a sterling spread and fine cup of coffee.
The Twisted Tomato bunch are truly dedicated to what they do. Up and at ‘em at sparrow’s fart (6.30am on weekdays, 8am on weekends), they base their menu around fresh, organic Kiwi ingredients and the outcome is something special.
Because I’m an all-day brekky kinda gal, I opted for Miss Twisted. I was toing and froing between this and their Auckland famous pea and halloumi fritters, but chia bread and avocado smash was a-calling. Supposedly more popular than their whopping Big Daddy Breakfast, Miss Twisted did not let me down. My plate was piled with wild forest mushrooms, slow roasted vine tomatoes, avo smash, free range poachies, chia toast, kumara rosti, grilled halloumi, tea smoked salmon and fruit chutney. Yep, Twisted Tomato don’t skimp on the good stuff.
Across the table, my lunch date/editor tucked into the peri peri chicken burger featuring free range bacon, avo, lettuce, chutney, aioli and a side of hand cut fries, which were soft and crispy in all the right places.
If neither of those tickle your fancy, you’ll find something that speaks to your cravings. From brioche French toast to a classic smoked salmon bagel, Vietnamese pork belly salad and a crispy calamari salad, Twisted Tomato definitely covers all bases.
Beverage wise, Twisted Tomato offers Atomic Coffee like you’ve never had before. Co-owner Pri is a caffeine whiz, creating flavoured pastes to take your cup of Joe to the next level. We tried the spiced pumpkin—a bevvy sure to keep the chills away this winter.
We were obvs too chocka to sample Twisted Tomato’s cabinet food but it was jam-packed with hearty, homemade sandwiches, slices and salads. And we’ll be back with hungry bellies to try them ASAP.
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Image credit: Twisted Tomato