At last, the week­end

Plenty of taste but not much choice with this har­bour­side meal

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - BRUNCH -

SET UP & SITE

With a stay­ca­tion planned, we were look­ing for­ward to spend­ing a re­lax­ing sunny morn­ing hav­ing brunch at the Viaduct lo­cale of Lula Inn. How­ever, be­ing win­ter in Auck­land, we had to wait ... and wait some more, as brunch, it tran­spires, is served only at the week­end. Fi­nally a Sun­day dawned clear and sunny, per­fect. Lula Inn neigh­bours the Mar­itime Mu­seum and we were seated on the cov­ered deck, over­look­ing the tall ship Breeze and other ves­sels. Nice as it was to en­joy the view, the in­side din­ing area of Lula Inn was much more at­trac­tive, with a South Pa­cific vibe dec­o­rated with fern­ery.

SUSTENANCE & SWILL

The menu is sadly limited. One would think with only two days avail­able to serve brunch, they might make more of a feature of it. Never mind. We or­dered the smoked ka­hawai scram­ble (with but­tered toast, cherry toma­toes and horse­rad­ish, $17.50), the salmon eggs bene­dict ($17.90) and the av­o­cado with two soft-poached eggs, grilled bread, tog­a­rashi and radish ($17.90). The meals were all de­li­cious and the size of the por­tions deemed just right. The tog­a­rashi turned out to be a “seven-flavour” chilli pep­per, and added a good zing to the av­o­cado. It was also nice to see Lula served a good cia­batta-style bread rather than sliced toast. The Bach Espresso cof­fee was tempt­ing enough for a sec­ond cup to be or­dered.

SERVICE & OTHER STUFF

The staff were friendly and oblig­ing, but with a large ta­ble of 16 or so din­ers to deal with, service was de­layed — a sec­ond cof­fee ar­rived well after we had all fin­ished our meals.

Sue Bax­alle

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