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Lombardi’s Cafe & Deli

I write restaurant & cafe reviews for our local Muriwai paper ‘The Gannet’ and this is the latest one, it is a few weeks old as I never Blog it prior to it being published in the paper but I am still a regular visit to the cafe and as yet nothing has changed.

61 Brigham Creek Rd, Whenuapai

29th August 2010

I have to confess, this is my ‘pit stop’ on the way to work every day, somehow I seemed to manage without coffee before Lombardi’s opened in May 2010 but now I find it difficult to drive by without popping in for the perfectly made flat white and a date scone fresh out of the oven at 7.30am!

Lombardi’s is located where Peas in The Pod used to be. Thankfully the premises has been taken over by people who believe in offering original, fresh, inspiring food rather than the regular processed variety sold not so far away. They have done a great job refitting the café giving it a light, modern look and staffing it with a welcoming team who have that barrister gift of remember everyone’s coffee preference.

The chiller cabinet is always stocked full of tempting seasonal sweet and savoury dishes ranging from homemade vegetarian or meat pasties the size of a large man’s fist, generous frittatas and risotto cakes to a range of beautifully made muffins, truffles, decadent cakes and tarts. And if that leaves you feeling full they always offer a selection of creative fresh salads and a wide range of gluten free choices.

Since I’ve sampled my fair share of the cabinet food I took the opportunity last week to check out their breakfasts and weekend service by treating hubby to brunch. The breakfast menu is relatively compact but not lacking and neither are the dishes they serve and their size. Between us we had the Big Breakfast ($19.50) served with your choice of eggs that lived up to it’s name and the Garlic Herb Hash Cake served with creamed Spinach, Bacon & Poached Eggs ($17.50), we fought over the last of the hash cake, it was so tasty sitting in it’s pool of creamy spinach. For a lighter breakfast you can choose a Bircher Muesli with Berry Yoghurt or a Fruit Salad, personally I don’t think I will ever get past ordering the hash cake it is that good.

So if you’re planning brunch with friends or just need a good coffee and a quality cake fix, I would highly recommend Lombardi’s.

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