Review: Shed Five
The motorbikes have pride of place. They stand formally in shiny rows, showing off blazing hues of cherry red, rich merlot and bold lemon.
Shed Five is a motorcycle parts shop with an impressive array of riding paraphernalia and vehicles on display.
Today, though, we are here for the food. There's a cafe nestled inside Shed Five and we have been keen to eat here for a while.
We order from the menu behind the counter: a chicken pie with quinoa salad for me, and the Texas sambo for Ryan.
The tables are large - meant to be shared with other diners - but we have come at a quiet time of day so we're sharing with only a motorbike. That's right, there's a full-sized bike on top of our table.
Our surroundings are intriguing. There are big motorbike-themed posters on the walls, shiny helmets, goggles, stompy motorcycle boots and leather jackets available to purchase. A long counter that stretches nearly the length of the shed sells motorcycle parts.
In the middle of the floor there's a long line of motorbikes and a flyer saying “Shed Five is the parking place for all those motorcycles a few of us haven't told Mum about".
We think about having a thrash on the pinball machine but our food arrives.
My chicken pie should have been advertised as a chicken and mushroom pie, as there's just as much fungi as poultry but it's certainly not an unwelcome guest. The pie is piping hot with its contents covered in a flaky, buttery pastry with a side of tomato chutney. The quinoa salad is delicious, tossed together with pumpkin, cucumber, pinenuts and raisins.
Ryan's Texas sambo goes down very well and it's nice to see presentation has been considered. The two soft tortilla shells stand to attention on top of baking paper in a bowl. Inside the shells there are eggs, tomato, chorizo, coriander, parsley and chives.
We order coffees - a flat white and a short black, which are both well made. And Ryan orders an orange and ginger juice, which is refreshing and zingy.
Although we won't be owning a motorcycle anytime soon, we will definitely return to soak up this revving atmosphere and try some more of the delicious food.
WHERE: Top deck, 90 Wellesley St, Auckland Central, ph 09 366 1515, shedfive.co.nz.
WHEN: Monday to Sunday, 7.30am to 5pm.
WHAT'S TO EAT: A compact but original menu.
HOW MUCH: $38 for two lunches and two drinks.
WHAT DO WE THINK: Interesting atmosphere and tasty food.
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