Altar Cafe

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465 Mt Eden Road,
Mt Eden

(09) 631 7184

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My second visit in about 6 months and unfortunately as underwhelming as the first. Usually a unsatisfactory experience wouldn't get a second chance but my companions assured me that last time around it was the state of me rather than the state of the place that was the issue.

Reserving a table for 6 24hrs prior to ensure we could enjoy the forecast afternoon sun I was surprised to turn up and the be seated at the indoor near-the-counter table. Its a great seat if you want to watch the staff frolicking with each other, but not what was requested.

The menu was the highlight of the meal by all accounts. The Chicken liver pate was pre-spread on quartered bread and served with one slice of pickle per slice of bread. The lemon chicken (of the sandwich) was overcooked and dry and the pork belly (which was strangely spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon by the taste) lacked moisture or crackling - either would have been nice.

The Tiramisu however was delightful and the accompaning yoghurt realyl brought the flavours forward.

Perhaps best as a coffee and cake stop these people still do that?
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Reviewer minimouse32
dined at Altar cafe twice now and on both occasions had a fairly mediocre experience. The last time I went I had the lemon chicken sandwich - good, but quite tight on the chicken. Service has been ok but have to say there are plenty of better cafes in Mt Eden than Altar Cafe
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Reviewer 73holden
surprised you had a bad experience at Altar cafe - I've been a regular for years and service has always been good and food nice and tasty. Such a great setting - you dont feel claustrophobic at Altar unlike many of the other Mt Eden cafes (Circus Circus / Frasers ). - Report
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Had a Big Breakfast last weekend - it was served up lukewarm !
Couldn't say anything cos we were invited by the sister in law who chose the place.
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Reviewer Timtheslimone
A nice environment, and good service.
My time there was plesent and i will be going back next time i am in the area.
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Reviewer APO
I hope the new owner of Altar reads this - constructive criticism I promise. We went recently to Altar (since it has been sold) and I have to say I was sadly disappointed. No longer do they serve free range anything from what I asked, this is a big thing for me. I only eat free range eggs, bacon and chicken and I would hope and wish it is a big thing for other kiwis alike. If we don't demand it then they will save measly pennies and lose customers by serving something less than what people expect...this is not a good way to do business from my point of view. I gave it a 3 star based on all excellent bits to the restaurant and loved this place, again my fave cafe in NZ but now it has fallen down the chain in my priority and I will reconsider doing weekend brunches out. Anyway, I hope they can find it more valuable to keep the customers Altar did so well to make happy by changing back to the way it was, if something isn't broken don't fix it!!! I will of course try it again if they bring back the things that matter and that is quality free range items that are more humanely farmed and have had a better life prior to my eating them, it is only fair and we need to set standards and nowadays free range isn't that much more costly so no excuses!!! there is my rant - Altar if you change these things I would like to know.
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Reviewer ecomaven
I had dinner at Altar Cafe recently with my partner and our newborn boy and our two year old girl, and I agree, I would like to see free range bacon and eggs and won't stand for anything less. However, everything we ordered was fantastic and the dessert platter was exemplary. My little girl loved it. I used to visit Altar Cafe all the time for breakfast and so I had no idea that it had changed owners. We had decided we would come back again for breakfast and I would have given them five stars if it were not for your review. FREE RANGE all the way! - Report
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Reviewer Anonymous
I love this place. It has become over the past year or so my favourite cafe in New Zealand...not just Auckland. They have excellent food, with excellent moral choices (ie: free range eggs adn bacon) and gluten free and wheat free options. They are always willing to make you happy and the location and venue is great. It is good value for good food and I have never had one bad experience on the food here, ever. It is always my choice on a weekend for brunch or a quick coffee and cake. Check out Altar is it is far superior to all those other so called 'cafes' in AKL.
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Reviewer lozza
Highly recommend!! such a nice lunch!
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Reviewer Anonymous
I love this place! By far the best Cafe in not just Auckland but New Zealand. Coming from Southern California where there are restaurants galore and great ones at that, I think it tops even some of my favourite there. This place has rockin' food. Corn Beef has is amazing, eggs benedict rock, gluten free options and they are always willing to make it to order. Everything is fresh and tastes lovely. I don't usually write reviews but it's simply a wonderful place, a nice staff, pleasant environment (not too forget the patio space on a lovely day) and good coffee to boot. They also have cool stuff like dj's spinning on Sunday avo's, special course dinner deals during winter and they allow my puppy outside. I promise the food beats any of those hot places in Auckland by far! Sort of a bummer people may read this and pack it out and make it more difficult for me to get a seat...but support them.
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