Basically coffee starved after being on the farm for the entire Auckland trip, we were craving that usual Melbourne goodness. Auckland seems to have a lot of cafes but the coffee standards just haven’t been the same. Our first stop on the first day at The Store in Britomart was slightly underwhelming when it came to coffee (also our food was served lukewarm). Now that I’m no longer local, I turned to my foodie friend for advice. Having been to Melbourne herself, she knew our standards and recommended that we definitely try Major Sprout and it wasn’t at all disappointing.
Interestingly rustic, hipster but ‘chill’ like the rest of the New Zealanders, this cafe really had some strong Kiwiana vibes. Bright, natural wood, concrete floor space with random hanging plants – channelled that Brunswick Melbourne style spot on. I loved especially how my batch brew came in the funkiest ceramic mug – one of those artist ones that someone would bring into a cafe and ask for takeaways in, only to be served one of those. Ridiculously cool.
The Green Eggs Benedict came as two sets of poached eggs, resting on a fantastic potato hash, coated in a lush green hollandaise. Basically like the New Zealand landscape in a dish! We also ordered an Unwrapped Souvlaki, which was very tasty, although slightly confusing as to whether it was more Greek or Turkish or Lebanese. Genuinely good tahini, falafels and wrap though – Middle Eastern tastes for sure. The scrambled eggs that came with it were a highlight, perfectly made: silky smooth golden and layered.
It was really great to experience such a quality brunch, that had all the elements we were used to in Melbourne, in Auckland. I swear five years ago the cafe scene wasn’t as crafty as it is now with so much influence from the hipster worlds. Knowing that coffee won’t be a drought in Auckland, maybe it’s one less concern to worry about when deciding on whether we should move to Auckland for a while.