New Brighton cafe a sweet diversion
It's not on the main drag but make an effort and drive deep into the heart of New Brighton and you will find a honey of a cafe.
Honey is located in the middle of the New Brighton Mall, an area in the earthquake-ravaged eastern suburbs fighting back and looking to provide punters with a great cafe option.
We stroll along the mall late one warm Sunday morning to find the place almost empty but, within minutes of our arrival, it starts to fill up.
There are plenty of outside seats where you can relax, eat and people-watch but we instead take the kids inside where there is also lots of room.
The front windows have some hand-written menu suggestions including the Hangover breakfast, which is basically a mixed grill. Inside we find a tempting cabinet of pies but our attention is soon drawn to the blackboard menu on the wall.
The kids keep it simple with Jayden going for the cheese scones and a delicious and refreshing banana smoothie and Zackery opting for the fresh fruit salad.
Mandy decides on the chicken and mushroom filo and is immediately thrilled with her choice. The filling is creamy and smooth and hits the spot.
I go for the omelette with cheese and tomato. It is tasty and a great feed but, if there is a criticism, it is that it contains too much cheese. It feels more like cheese with some omelette instead of the other way around. The two big chunks of wholemeal bread are a nice extra.
Mandy and I both enjoy our flat whites - creamy, strong but, again a wee grumble - more warm than hot.
But the highlight is the cranberry and white chocolate slice, which is a hit with all four of us, so much that we go back for seconds.
Honey's staff help make the experience an enjoyable one. They are friendly, attentive and seem genuinely interested. A slight delay when one staff member grapples with a new till is made easier with humour and easy way.
The cafe is clean, offers a variety of seating options from low couches to ordinary tables and high tables as well as the outside option.
Overall, Honey is a nice distraction for an hour or so on a lazy Sunday morning.
Locals seem to like it and it will value that word of mouth as it looks to entice customers from other parts of the city.
Well worth a trek to the east.
WHERE: 89 New Brighton Mall, Christchurch, ph 03 388 8368.
WHEN: Monday to Friday, 8am- 4pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8.30am- 4pm.
WHAT'S TO EAT: Pies (lots of them), limited blackboard menu of usual cafe fare. Try a home-made slice.
HOW MUCH: $57 for food and drink for two kids and two adults.
WHAT DO WE THINK: Worth tracking down in Christchurch's eastern suburbs.
STAR RATING: 3 out of 5
Sunday Star Times