Food & Dining
|Name||Blue Belle Cafe|
|Gluten Free Options||Yes|
REVIEW: I had heard Blue Belle Cafe in Island Bay made excellent brunches, so a couple of us headed there in the weekend to see if this was true.
The cafe at 138 The Parade opened in 2010 under the stewardship of chef Rob Crisp.
It's in a pokey little space, formerly occupied by cafe Mint, and before that, a bakery. No-one has really been able to make the space work until now. Though still quite dark, the side booths and tables give it a cosy feel.
By 1pm on Sunday, the place was humming. The home-baked pies in the cabinet were being snapped up.
Though the counter selection was generous, we opted for the menu, which includes the usual egg suspects and plenty of other options.
Breakfast burritos, flap jacks (pancakes), and steak sandwiches are a good addition to any menu.
There is even the "build your breakfast" option, from which you can chose a selection of eggs, sausages, rosti, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, spinach, and more. The vast selection made choosing hard.
I opted for the potato rosti, poached eggs and avocado. My friend had the "Holly's Breakfast", which came with poached eggs, brioche and bacon. She also ordered a side of mushrooms and cheese kranskys.
The rosti were crunchy and made a wonderful change from bread. The yolks of the poached eggs oozed perfectly, the mushrooms were wonderfully garlicky, and kranskys full of flavour.
It was nice to see two coffee brands being offered - Havana and Mojo. I'm not suren which we got, but they were very strong and had good flavour.
This was a great brunch that left us feeling more than satisfied.
The pies looked so good I picked one up for dinner. I'm glad I did - it was packed with steak and cheese, and was delicious.
Our meal, not including the pie, cost $42.
- The Wellingtonian