The Court­house Cafe & Bar

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8 Cen­ten­nial Ave, Alexan­dra

Phone: 03-448 7818 Hours: 7.30am to 4.30pm Mon­day to Fri­day and 4pm Satur­day Rat­ing: Food 4/4, Ser­vice 4/4, At­mos­phere 2/2 To­tal: 10/10 Re­viewer: Jo McKen­zie-McLean


When a cafe has been voted a Peo­ple’s Choice fi­nal­ist for the NZ Cafe of the Year 2013 you can’t help but have high ex­pec­ta­tions. If any­thing, you are al­most more crit­i­cal be­cause the bar has been set so high. You ex­pect a wow fac­tor. Fur­ther­more, a pre­vi­ous re­view had been crit­i­cal of some as­pects. As I was not the pre­vi­ous re­viewer, it is hard to com­pare ex­pe­ri­ences. How­ever, my ex­pe­ri­ence was 100 per cent pos­i­tive and The Court­house Cafe & Bar didn’t dis­ap­point. I or­dered the cafe’s sig­na­ture dish – the corn frit­ters with burn-yournose-on-the-pan crispy ba­con, lick-the-plate-clean beetroot rel­ish, a roasted tomato and salad greens ($18.50). The dish was ar­tis­ti­cally pre­sented with bursts of colour pop­ping off the plate, and the serv­ing was gen­er­ous. Most im­por­tantly it was de­li­cious – the corn frit­ters were full of that sweet crunch of corn – not gluggy and corn-starved which I have come across be­fore at other es­tab­lish­ments. It is not hard to see why it has be­come the sig­na­ture dish. It was a hot day, so I de­cided to have a Blue Smoothie to wash

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