Earthy eggs bene­dict take the long way round at pop­u­lar new cafe

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Sue Bax­alle


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.


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.


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.

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