Earthy eggs benedict take the long way round at popular new cafe
SET UP & SITE:
It had taken us a few months of passing this revitalised corner of Milford’s main drag, thinking, “We must go there.” Finally, a brunch was called for. On a Saturday morning Crop was busy — we even had to share a table with another couple at one stage, however, it was roomy enough to not feel cramped. There are two dining areas and the largely industrial-style decor is embellished with a green-tiled counter and concrete cladding on the walls is chipped away to reveal brickwork.
SUSTENANCE & SWILL:
A slightly disappointing lack of out-of-theordinary breakfast choices meant it was eggs benedict all round, with two of us opting for the mushroom version (kumara sourdough, layered potato and kumara, kale, portobello mushrooms, cauliflower puree and seeds) and the other two having the salmon benedict (kumara sourdough, layered potato and kumara, spinach, salmon, avocado puree and seeds). The two women went for the half portions ($12 for the mushrooms and $13 for the salmon) while the men ordered full- sized meals ($19 and $20). These, on arrival, proved to be quite tasty and perfectly sized for our respective needs and the eggs perfectly poached. A super blue smoothie ($9) was jam-packed with blueberries, banana, kiwifruit, honey and soy milk and was deemed just right. The rest of us had long blacks ($4) from the cafe’s Allpress beans. The remainder of the all-day menu consisted of the usual breakfast-type fare of granola, bagels or toast and toppings, creamy mushrooms and other ingredients with which to create a meal; then moving into lunch options of poke bowls, salads, burgers, fried chicken and waffles.
SERVICE & OTHER STUFF:
Admittedly it was a busy morning for the Crop crew but the service was not speedy and we’d finished our beverages well before the meals arrived. And when hungry teenagers are involved, this is not a good state of affairs.