Cafe Chat: Hive is alive in Eastbourne, Mojo opens in Market Lane, Matterhorn brings back brunch

Brandon Bodden and his wife Lizzy own Hive, a new cafe in Rimu St, Eastbourne.
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Brandon Bodden and his wife Lizzy own Hive, a new cafe in Rimu St, Eastbourne.

Hive alive in Eastbourne 

A new cafe has injected vibrancy into Eastbourne village. Brandon and Lizzy Bodden opened Hive in Rimu St in early January, having been at the helm of Punch takeaway coffee bar at the junction of Victoria and Manners streets for the past three and a half years. 

The Boddens are Eastbourne locals, as are most of the 15-odd staff, so Hive's customers tend to be familiar faces. Brandon is a coffee roaster from way back – Hive is serving Punch brand coffee beans – while Lizzy has been the driving force behind Hive's design and baked offerings. Hive's cool grey exterior with magenta accents gives way to colourful decor that's eclectic and tasteful, with bright pops of tangerine and turquoise and lush pot plants creating a pleasant flow between Hive's indoor areas and its spacious courtyard. Seating options continue upstairs, where there's further tables and armchairs arranged across the dark wood floor. 

Hive's upstairs area.
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Hive's upstairs area.

Hive's kid-friendly environment makes it a great place to spend a morning with family or meet friends for a coffee and brunch; order a la carte or choose one of the range of cabinet goods made on site daily. The cafe is open from 8am-4pm every day, and there are plans for a dinner service on the last Friday of every month – there's a liquor licence pending.

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Brunch is back on Matterhorn's menu

Matterhorn, known for its cocktails and contemporary Kiwi cuisine, is serving brunch for the first time in four years. The Cuba St institution has been in the brunch-loving hands of Sean Marshall and Mark Keddell for just more than a year, Marshall, an award-winning head chef, runs the Auckland Matterhorn's kitchen, while Keddell looks after guests front of house. 

Matterhorn Wellington's brunch menu reflects the pair's fondness for fare that nourishes the body as well as satisfies the tastebuds. Familiar items have been revamped for a slightly more sophisticated palate – think sourdough pancakes and confit duck leg hash.

Sourdough pancake with caramelised pear, berries, and candied walnuts, from Matterhorn's new brunch menu.
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Sourdough pancake with caramelised pear, berries, and candied walnuts, from Matterhorn's new brunch menu.

Marshall has always had a penchant for raw food, reasoning that "sometimes, ingredients are just too nice to cook". The new menu sports seven raw items, including fruit salad with quinoa granola and Bircher muesli with almond milk, blueberries, and cocoa nibs.

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The Matterhorn, which has been in operation since 1963, was the second establishment in Wellington to serve espresso, but the brunch menu branches out somewhat. Try a cold drip coffee with soda, or a Buffalo milk affogato.

Brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Menu items' prices range from $5-$25. Reserve a table by phone or book online, or walk in.

Mojo opens in Market Lane

The latest addition to the Mojo portfolio has been fitted out with its tech-savvy neighbours in mind. The cafe at 1 Market Lane is a little cooler than its sisters around the city – foregoing a more classic design in favour of functional minimalism with a faintly Eastern aesthetic.

The Market Lane Mojo counts TradeMe and Xero among its neighbours, and aims to be a go-to spot for corporate meetings or lunches. The tables, finished in white or pale, natural wood, can be pushed together to accommodate larger groups and facilitate collaboration.

Mojo's new cafe in Market Lane has a cool, minimalist Eastern aesthetic. It's a stone's throw from the Mojo on Wakefield St.
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Mojo's new cafe in Market Lane has a cool, minimalist Eastern aesthetic. It's a stone's throw from the Mojo on Wakefield St.

The cafe is run by Michelle Balfour, whom customers will recognise from the Mojo on Wakefield St, which she'll continue to manage. Menu items include the open faced sandwiches customers might have already tried at Mojo in St James Theatre, as well as a range of breakfast options – we hear the chia seed puddings are delicious. 

Though wedged between busy Wakefield and Taranaki streets, the space is peaceful and bright. Luminous paper orbs hang from the ceiling, and a "Lambourini yellow" espresso machine immediately draws the eye. A high-top bench made from timber recycled from the Canterbury earthquakes strikes a nostalgic note.

The Market Lane Mojo is open Monday-Friday 7am-5pm, and on weekends 8.30am-4pm.

Do you have information about developments in Wellington's hospitality scene? Email tips to brittany.mann@fairfaxmedia.co.nz.

 

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