Review: Olaf's Artisan Bakery & Cafe

22:30, Sep 26 2011
STELLAR: Olaf's Artisan Bakery & Cafe.

After a stellar recommendation from my flatmate, I need to check out Olaf's to see what all the fuss is about.

We arrive just before midday and the place is chocka. There's no line at the counter but there are only two outdoor tables available, which is fine because the sun is beaming down.

Inside the decor is fresh and elegant while the table outside welcomes us with blankets to warm the knees.

Three blackboard menus are behind the counter  one with breakfast temptations, one with lunch and the other, drinks. We order from the breakfast menu since we have slept in and missed making our own eggs and bacon. In the cabinet are the kind of treats you'd find at a fine patisserie, as well as snacks including salads and panini-style food, and behind the counter there's freshly made breads which are baked on site.
The boyfriend orders eggs Benedict with bacon and I choose the poached winter fruits.

Our food arrives swiftly followed directly by our coffees  one long black and a flat white, which is surprising considering the number of people here. What's more, the service is polite, friendly and unobtrusive (afterwards our plates get taken away soon after we finish with us hardly even noticing).

My poached winter fruits are very good. Blobs of rhubarb,  plums and pears are surrounded by a sweet mascarpone, with oats and a few croutons. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by  the tartness of the fruits. I have had better coffee but it's still a welcome caffeine fix.

The boyfriend's eggs Benedict receives astounding praise. One large piece of sourdough is the base for two poached eggs that have just the right amount of ooze when pierced, along with one rasher of shoulder bacon, watercress and hollandaise.

The sourdough is a stand-out but it's no wonder Olaf's makes good bread, since it is an artisan bakery.
On the way out we resist indulging in one of those luscious loaves. The European-style breads sound very tempting though, so next time we'll have to pick up a fig and fennel sourdough or a plum and aniseed loaf. Our second visit is imminent.


WHERE: 1 Stokes Rd, Mt Eden Village, ph (09) 638-7593.

WHEN: Monday to Friday 7am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm.

WHAT'S TO EAT: A number of unique options on the blackboard menus, cabinet food, sweet treats and home-made breads.

HOW MUCH: $40.90 for two mains and two coffees.

WHAT DO WE THINK: A nice addition to Mt Eden's cafe community. The menu has a mix of the usual suspects plus some unique offerings.


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