Food & Dining
While the rain thundered down on Wellington on Saturday, I enjoyed a great alfresco lunch at Chocolate Frog cafe in Miramar.
The cafe opened in Palmers Garden Centre in Miramar Ave in 1999.
It has plenty of seating and a sheltered and heated outdoor area among the garden centre plants.
I really liked sitting under the canopy while the rain came down and the wind howled, because none of it intruded on the diners, not a drop. It wasn't even noisy.
Current owners Peter and Judy Fisher took over the cafe in May and have changed very little.
"The customers and the staff made it clear to us they liked the menu the way it was.
"So we experiment with our specials and our baking, but the main menu is still the same and one of the biggest in Wellington," Mr Fisher said.
We had the Chocolate Frog breakfast of poached eggs, bacon, sausage, potato cake, tomato on toast ($19.50), and the Greek-style breakfast of roasted tomatoes, feta, basil and balsamic olive oil on toast ($15).
I added a side of bacon ($5) to the Greek breakfast, because everything is better with bacon.
The food was fantastic.
It arrived promptly and looked fantastic. The flavours in both dishes are tried-and- true and I liked the simplicity of making great dishes out of only a handful of ingredients.
Other delicious-sounding dishes I will be back to try are: Eggs Welly, steak, eggs, spinach and hollandaise on smashed potato ($19.50); portabello mushrooms with sage, toasted almonds, feta and rocket with lemon ($17); smoked chicken salad with fennel, blue cheese and honeyed nuts ($17); and the Popeye Slammer, spinach, potato cake, bacon, mushroom, tomato and hollandaise ($17).
The cafe has good coffee and a large selection of cakes and slices, all baked in-house.
Brunch for two - meals, slices and drinks - was $61.50.
- The Wellingtonian