Thursday, 1 August 2013

Floriditas, Wellington, New Zealand

Floriditas, I hear, is a Wellington institution. Situated on Cuba st, there's nothing particularly Cuban about it apart from the name. In fact, the cafe has a distinctly New Orleanian vibe, with an abundance of panelled wood and tiling. Known locally for their in house artisan baking, we hit them up for a late brunch as that seemed the best time to sample their restaurant menu as well as their cake display.

They were off to an excellent start with a crispy, buttery potato hash, mixed with fresh dill and parsley and chunks of soft smoked mackerel, topped with eggs and drizzled with oil (NZ$19). 

Next up came the ubiquitous eggs benedict, but the creamy hollandaise was drizzled over tender melt-in-your-mouth chunks of ham off the bone (NZ$17.50) - no processed slices here.

Finishing up with sweets we opted for the most obscure option - the white chocolate and tamarillo cupcake. While the sweetness of the white chocolate and icing sometimes overpowered the subtle tang of the tamarillo, the combination was a definite winner. The cupcake itself was moist and flavoursome, unlike the typical pillowy, plain versions that are so abundant these days.

For a slow paced meal with attentive service in the Wellington CBD, Floriditas should certainly be the first place to come to mind. There's a reason they have been a thriving community favourite for years... 

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