181 Ponsonby Road,
(09) 360 1551
The ViewAuckland Review
Fred's, Ponsonby - Cafe Review
Lots of magazines and a big shared table create a convivial atmosphere in this self-styled ‘espresso and soda bar’ The space used to house Agnes Curran, and Fred’s retro 1960s ambience is similar, but definitely less chintzy.
Friendly and laidback, with a hipsterish, but unpretentious edge.
Excellent coffee and teas, plus the added bonus of quirky milkshakes – try the bacon and maple flavour if it’s available – and soda floats using flavours from Wellington’s Six Barrel Soda Co. Being a retro establishment, of course soft drinks from Foxton Fizz are on offer.
Loads of homestyle baking including melting moments, lamingtons and banana ginger loaf recreates Sunday afternoons at your Nana’s place. We’re pretty sure she’d never serve up a Fred’s Yakidog ($14) though, a fusion combination of an organic beef sausage with teriyaki sauce, nori, and wasabi mayonnaise in a sesame bun. Slightly odd, but surprisingly tasty.
The Bottom Line
Welcome to a different style of café for Ponsonby, featuring the bohemian style you’d find in a hip American city like Portland or in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.
A Reason To Return
For breakfast from the well-priced menu of brekkie staples including bircher muesli ($10) and avocado and tomato on toast ($12). More adventurous menu items include cannellini bruschetta ($12) and a halloumi cheese salad ($16).
Fred's (formerly Agnes Curran) has been reviewed by 9 users