Cafe review: The Pedal Pusher
If it's solid, uncomplicated Kiwi fare you're after, The Pedal Pusher can provide. The Addington eatery is a short jaunt from Christchurch's CBD, and conveniently placed so you can walk off brunch with a stroll through Hagley Park.
We arrive mid-morning, and after being asked for my reservation name, it dawns on me that booking ahead on a significant date like Mother's Day would have been a smart idea.
We are directed to the only unreserved table in the house, but after a short wait manage to nab an outdoor leaner in the sun. The humming atmosphere is pushed along with waitresses making quick work of deserted tables, but the bustle is pleasant rather than harried.
The interior space is used well, with a concrete block divider between the bar and dining tables creating a dual venue. But the outdoor area is definitely the place to be if the sun is out, where a clear gazebo keeps out Christchurch's signature easterly.
The brunch menu offers hearty, but obvious, breakfast options and nothing surprises or breaks the mould. That is forgiven, however, when our plates arrive after a short wait, beautifully presented and generously sized.
I order the Eggspresso ($17), while my companion opts for the signature Pedal Pusher breakfast ($20) - the cafe's equivalent of a big brekkie.
My meal provides fuel enough to keep me going the rest of the day, complete with potato mash cake, sauteed spinach, bacon and a poached egg lashed with hollandaise, and the Pedal Pusher offers up grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and rosemary, with eggs served on toasted ciabatta, spicy sausage and triangles of potato cake.
Spicy chutney on the side adds a much-needed sharper taste to the indulgent dishes, and an attentive waitress offers cracked pepper, much to the approval of my companion.
Service is prompt and friendly, notable given the rush for Mother's Day.
The likes of Cream and Bob Marley set the tone while we breakfast, and at the next table over we see crayons and colouring-in resources are available for the kids.
After a rest, we see the drinks menu boasts a selection of delicious-sounding cocktails, although I refrain given it is a Sunday and 11am, so opt to follow the meal up with a coffee.
We are impressed. Lattes with just the right amount of foam are served nice and hot - there is nothing worse than a lukewarm caffeine hit. Bubbles in the crema could have been smoothed out, but it is not a biggie in an otherwise well-presented and rich coffee.
WHERE: 284-286 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch. Ph: 03 335 0095; thepedalpusher.co.nz.
WHEN: Mon-Sun, 9am until late.
HOW MUCH: $48 for two mains and coffees.
WHAT'S TO EAT: A rolling menu across the day - brunch, lunch and mains - with an extensive snacks menu.
WHAT WE THINK: Humming with a good offering of classics.
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