Review: Hello Sunday cafe

19:12, Apr 06 2014
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POPULAR SPOT: Hello Sunday is new to Sydenham.

Hello Sunday is new to town. It opened in up-and-coming Sydenham a few weeks ago and has quickly become a very popular spot.

With Christchurch lacking so much in heritage at the moment, the renovation of an old Sunday school building was a great move.

The wee wooden building fronts on to a sun-trap deck and has a sheltered courtyard out the back. Being a compact building, the kitchen is in a converted shipping container off the back of the cafe, and represents a sweet juxtaposition of pre-quake and post-quake Christchurch.

The renovation/restoration of the Sunday school has been done well. The interior is fresh and light, and the wood panelling and church-pew style seating are classic. Greenery in pots sprouts from the walls and mirrors give a sense of space and reflect the light. A cheerful waitress spots us quickly on a sunny Monday morning. I like it when a cafe brings water to the table and gives all the menu information right at the start.

The coffees arrive quickly and are well-executed. The flat white is flat. Nice. It's also great to see local producer Switch Espresso being supported.

With the sun bearing down, we move inside to eat. The menu has the usual brunch suspects with a few twists thrown in. Granola and eggs are a breakfast menu staple but fish tacos and chickpea and polenta fritters are definitely something different. The eggs benedict can't be ignored by the vegetarian, and the staff are happy to swap the bacon for some mushrooms.

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A request for soft but "not runny" eggs is perfectly executed. The hollandaise is creamy and zesty and the presentation is pretty. The vegetarian is happy.

The brioche is next up, fried with a vanilla glaze, pistachio floss and summer fruit. This dish is a real picture - restaurant-quality presentation, colourful, and compact. Fresh strawberries are a real treat this time of year. The pistachio floss is a pale green and lends an unusual texture to the dish. The brioche itself has a lovely caramelised crust and drips with a glaze which is like a thin custard. Something tart could be a nice addition.

Hello Sunday presents some lovely dishes and great coffee. 

Hello Sunday, 6 Elgin St, Sydenham. 

Mon - Thu 7am - 4.30pm, Fri 7am - 11pm, weekends 8.30am - 5.30pm. 

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