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Touch of Turkish spices up menu

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 08:59 20/01/2014

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REVIEW: A large cabinet stacked with food greets us as we enter the cafe and the place is buzzing despite it being a quiet January Sunday. My friends and I opt for a table away from the humidity and noise in the outdoor covered area.

The decor is simple and spacious, with al fresco diners protected from the wind by a clear plastic sheet, and on colder days the thick red blankets are perfect for cosying up under. The outdoor plastic chairs add to the splash of red on the otherwise black, white and wood furniture.

Today it's warm and the red sun brollies are out so our group opts for juices while we eye up the sizeable menu. A man in mufti, who we take to be the owner or manager, brings out water after seeing me get up to get our own. I order a grapefruit juice, which is delicious and slightly pulpy and without too much bitterness, while my husband has a feijoa juice.

The menu is largely a selection of common lunch and breakfast items with a few Turkish dishes thrown in. My husband is keen on the Mediterranean styled Lifestyle Breakfast with olives and feta until I point out the Izmir Burger. He is turned by the grilled haloumi, spicy chorizo, lettuce, tomato and gerkins on a Turkish sesame bun with fries and aioli. I'm pleased, because I'll get to pinch his fries to balance out my sweet French Toast.

Our food arrives together about 20 minutes after ordering, and we are pleased with the generous portions which are not overwhelming. The burger looks as exotic as promised and is full of spicy pepper flavours under the grilled bun. My toast is thick and fluffy, having been sliced out of a thick baguette, it's coated in egg and there is enough streaky bacon and grilled banana to go with each slice. The small side bowl of sliced fresh fruit takes the edge off the sweetness, and I get to pour my own maple syrup so my toast isn't drowned. We notice the staff are friendly and attentive.

Our friends order a BLAT - a bacon, lettuce tomato sandwich with the addition of avocado and potato wedges with aioli on Turkish bread, and a Mozaik Big Breakfast which has all the usual additions. They are happy.

All in all we are able to enjoy a relaxing lunch out.

Mozaik Cafe

WHERE: 61 Constellation Dr, Rosedale, Auckland, ph 09 9158875.

WHEN: Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8am-4pm.

WHAT'S TO EAT: Standard cafe lunch and brunch meals, cabinet snacks and a few Turkish themed dishes.

HOW MUCH: $51.40 for two juices and two lunch meals.

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WHAT DO WE THINK: A relaxed and functional space to dwell and enjoy a drink or meal in the sun with plenty of underground parking.

*** 1/2

- Sunday Star Times

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