We’ve found the perfect brunch spot for you to sink your teeth into—Benedict’s, a classy café nestled into what used to be Benediction in Eden Terrace. Owners Emma Zhao and Jay Yang are bringing the flavours from their popular Royal Oak eatery to the city fringe with a menu that's a legit foodie haven and offers a welcome twist on traditional café food. The impressive line-up is healthy yet doesn’t lack in flavour and is filled with wonderful creations like coconut creamy mushrooms, bulgogi bowls and beet-miso arancini, as well as sweet treats like twice-baked almond brioche. So, if you’re looking for a dreamy new brunch spot that likes to mix things up a lil', head along to Benedict’s—we promise it won’t disappoint.
Drawing inspiration from Greek mythology (hence the name), Antheia’s Loft prides itself on delivering top-notch grub made from fresh, healthy ingredients sourced from local suppliers, all in a cute Mamma Mia-style setting. We're big fans of the Goddess brekkie (a moreish blend of tomato sumac scrambled eggs, grilled halloumi, crispy kale, yoghurt honey walnuts and sourdough), which you'll of course enjoy in the magical upstairs loft; however they've also got baguettes, wraps and even tacos to tuck into. The bottom line? If you’re after something healthy to kickstart your day, Antheia’s got your back.
The brains behind well-known eateries Winona Forever, Barbarino's Spaghetteria, Major Tom and many more, Fran Mazza and Aaron Carson have done it again in 2020, this time bringing their culinary flair to a cute little spot in Avondale. Say hello to Piccolina—an Italian-themed eatery, bakery, deli, heck they do everything.
The hospo super duo sure know how to dish up some tasty grub as their food is always jam-packed with flavour and is beautifully presented. Case in point: anything from their incredible cabinet—think triple-chocolate brownies, scones, banoffee tarts, lamingtons the size of your face... the list goes on. More of a savoury fan? Don’t sweat it, they’ve got bacon and pumpkin brioche, French sausage rolls, blue cheese and walnut scones—okay, you get the picture.
And don't get us started on their eat-in menu, where the tiramisu French toast (yes, you heard us correctly) is an obvious choice. Hungry yet? We certainly are.
While not a café per se Dedwood Deli makes our list on the strength of the slapping sandwiches, gelato and late night feeds alone. The menu is simple yet on point. Perhaps you’ll choose to dig into a New York reuben or sourdough with chimi steak, laksa chicken or stuffed portobello for the veggies amongst us. Sandwich flavours will be on a high rotation but all are guaranteed to be slapping. The boys make all their own sauces—look out for the bacon, maple and chilli mayo—and that’s just a taste of things to come with loaded fries, waffle fries and loaded chicken wings hopefully not too far away on the agenda. Dedwood Deli regularly service the hungry souls haunting Ponsonby Road of an evening over at Revelry so if you're in need of a good feed day or night, they've got your back.
The award for most pleasant surprise this year goes to Patch, who gave us a reason to visit an otherwise little-explored corner of the North Shore (at least as far as food is concerned). Okay, so technically they opened late last year but this IS the first time we've done an annual best new cafés list, and we reckon they're a worthy fit.
So-called because of the strawberry fields that once flourished across Sunnybrae (where this one's located), these guys have created a solid, all-day menu that focuses on café favourites done well, including some rather scrumptious hotcake creations. Their epic milkshake and smoothie selection deserves a special mention, as do their fish tacos, while the cabinet food—well, just see for yourself (it's all kinds of incredible). Paired with an amazing indoor/outdoor feel that screams summer, we reckon you'll be hard-pressed to find another café in the area that has a patch on this one. Pun, most definitely intended.
Want more café goodness? Then why not work your way through our comprehensive list of Auckland's absolute best breakfasts.
Image credit: Wono Kim, Daily Bread by Natasha Van Der Laan, Antheia's Loft by Armelle Frimpong, Dedwood Deli