I find myself saying this a lot about eateries in Wellington but I had walked past this cafe many times on my travels but had never gone in. This particular Sunday I had come into the city to collect some books and had arrived at the lunch hour feeling hungry. I wandered along the city’s main foodie drag looking for something that took my fancy but to no avail. Places were too crowded, or a bit fancy, or just not what I felt like … until I took the time to stop and read the menu for the Victoria Street Cafe. It clicked straight away, so I went in and pulled up a chair.
Every table had a little bunch of flowers in a flute like glass and this instantly endeared itself to me so I knew that I had made the right choice.
The Victoria Street Cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu with a good selection of options and a smaller but still satisfactory lunch menu. You should be able to find something that appeals from either one of the two. I tend to look for the salad options first on any menu and I found a couple that I liked (which is a good sign). I ultimately chose the Spicy Cauliflower and Grilled Halloumi Salad (which comes with a poached egg and greens) and added a side order of mushrooms.
While I waited I sat back, relaxed and took in my cafe surroundings. The decor was homely, clean and colourful, all the things that I like. I don’t know about you but sometimes I can feel a bit uncomfortable if I am in surroundings that are uber chic cause quite frankly I’m not that kind of person. The Victoria Street Cafe felt like a relaxing place to be, somewhere I fitted in. And for a regular Sunday afternoon that was just what I was looking for.
My daydreaming was interrupted by the arrival of my meal in very quick time and my, what a treat for the eyes … and nose in the case of the aroma coming from the plate of three very large mushrooms.
And I am very happy to say that it tasted as good as it looked. The cauliflower, which as served cooled, was nice and crunchy and not over spiced (I am not sure exactly what the flavouring was – I should have asked). The halloumi (which I have never eaten before) was crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. I assume this is how it is supposed to be served. All I know is that I loved it. The greens were crunchy and the chef had conjured the most perfectly poached egg I have ever had – lots of runny yolk goodness! The serving was a generous size and I think even if I hadn’t ordered the mushrooms as a side, it would have been very filling on it’s own.
In short … it was delicious!
As I was eating my lunch, I took a quick and quiet note of what some of the other patrons had ordered. Pancakes to make anyone salivate and a sinfully yummy looking plate of eggs and bacon with something else I couldn’t quite make out. Everyone looked as satisfied as I felt with their fare. I had sparkling water as a drink while I ate but I found myself wanting some caffeine so I ordered a latte to finish. As expected that was just as lovely as everything else.
The prices were reasonable although not cheap, but I think were justified. The service was quick and all the staff were very pleasant. No complaints at all there. In fact I had nothing but a good experience at the Victoria Street Cafe and I will certainly heading back in the future.
It comes with a highly recommended from me.
Note: They do have a surcharge for opening on public holidays.
(Images: Sarah Kreig)