100 Parnell Rd, Parnell
Queuing for brunch is one international cafe trend Auckland has been mercifully immune to. That was until Francesca Mazza and Aaron Carson (previously of Little Sister and Hello Friends + Allies) opened Instafamous Winona Forever. Their formula for popularity consists of elaborately constructed, rainbow-coloured dishes, gargantuan home baking, and quirky, signature plates — from The Ladyboy prawn benedict to indulgent French toast/Eton Mess mash-up Eton Rifle. Crucially, the food tastes as good as it looks, and the service is as efficient as the queues require it to be.
Must try— Summer mushroom medley in a light organic cream and herb sauce in a crêpe with toasted pine nuts and green salad.
Good for— The Instagram opportunity; stay for the lamingtons.
Coffee Supreme ● ● ●