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The ViewAuckland Review
‘Doing lunch’ during the week has never really been my thing, usually because I would be working and because I was never really important enough to be taken along to long lunches disguised as business meetings.
However, since returning to student life that has changed and I have been surprised at just how many people actually ‘do lunch’.
My surprise was evident recently when I caught up with friends (a blend of mature students and new mums who also now have the time to lunch) at Mozaik Coffee. We met at the New Lynn location because it was easiest for the new mum, but the cafe also has branches open in Parnell, Albany and Mairangi Bay.
The cafe was established by Mehmet Ceran more than five years ago with a special focus on good quality food supplemented by coffee roasted on location from a blend of carefully selected beans. More recently Mehmet’s experience was enhanced when Alex and Nigar joined cafe family, both have tertiary hospitality degrees and are highly experienced chefs.
The New Lynn location is in the heart of the western suburb and adjoining a popular local gym meaning the clientele is a mix of fit, young things, mature students like me, grandparents and ladies celebrating a special occasion with clinking glasses of wine – at least it was the day I was there.
There is a terrific range of specially blended teas and coffees, juices and a decent wine and beer list to boot.
On the menu there’s a good number of all day breakfast options from the usual toasted bagels (from $8.50), toasted muesli ($11.50) and eggs every which way ($16.50 to $18.50) as well as a more substantial lunch range of open sandwiches ($18.50), soup ($10.50), burgers ($17.50), risotto (17.50) and pan fried calamari ($17.50) or pan fried terakihi ($18.50).
Such is the range of options that our small party all ordered something different. I went with the creamy Portobello mushrooms in blue cheese sauce with crispy bacon on foccacia bread ($16.50) and a pot of special breakfast blend tea ($3.50) and was not disappointed.
In fact I didn’t hear any complaints as we sat gossiping and eating and the point was clarified by one party member who explained “this is why this is my favourite cafe” as we commented on our meals.
Mozaik has a nice indoor to outdoor flow and causal but professional atmosphere about it. I would like to comment more about the service, but I can’t remember anything outstanding from the waiting staff which suggests the level of service was more than adequate. Sometimes the only memorable experiences are the bad ones.
While it may be a few more weeks yet before I lunch again I doubt that Mozaik and its numerous locations will be far from my mind when deciding on a meeting point.
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