Nice brunch if you can get it
SET UP & SITE
The Gothic pink facade of the Chelsea Sugar factory has haunted the dreams of generations of Auckland children who have glimpsed it from the harbour bridge and assumed it to be the real life home of evil wizard Gargamel. Is there any other Auckland landmark that has loomed so ominously for so long in such a beautiful location?
The newly-opened cafe should change that: a waterfront-perched, elegantly-landscaped, grass and glass wonderland, with views across to the bridge and city skyline that can justifiably be called incred. There’s a nice playground for the kids. It’s a nice place to be, and a week after it opened the bulk of Auckland already appeared to know it.
The cafe is part of a development, including educational and interactive exhibits, which the manager of New Zealand Sugar Company estimates will draw 60,000 people in its first year. The Saturday morning we visited, one week after it opened, the cafe alone appeared to contain roughly 10 times that number.
SUSTENANCE & SWILL
The chilli scrambled eggs ($18) were elegantly laid among a sprouty arrangement and came with fried shallots and dry-cured chorizo. There were generous splashes of chilli oil. My wife wanted the eggs benedict but they’d run out of rosti so she had bacon and eggs ($16).
We ordered extra bacon (at $5 each) and were pleased we did because the free-range streaky rashers were smoked to within an inch of their fatty lives and opened out beautifully, flavourwise. The poach on both eggs was good. The sourdough toast was good. Honestly, the food was