Olaf's Artisan Bakery and Cafe

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1 Stokes Road,
Mt Eden
Auckland,
1024

(09) 638 7593

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Review byJono Park23/10/2012

Olaf’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Mt Eden - Cafe Review

Food

A good selection of counter food (the tarts in particular looked very impressive), and a menu that is heavy on brunch options but with 5 or 6 lunch options (ranging from broth to risotto). I went for the Seared Calamari with carrot fritters, rocket, yoghurt dressing and burnt orange vinaigrette, a dish which felt half done. The calamari was fine, if quite small. The fritters had some good spices going on, but felt undercooked and quite mushy. The accompaniments were both lacklustre, the orange lacking zing and the rocket tasting extremely earthy and lacking any of the fresh peppery taste you come to expect from it. Overall, it had promise but didn't quite deliver.

Drinks

A good blueberry smoothie (made with ricotta) and adequate coffee (Supreme)

Vibe

Not really what I was expecting. When I see the words 'artisan bakery' i think wood and flour and endless loaves of fresh bread. The bread is there, but relegated to some small shelves behind the counter. The rest of the room is quite large, open and really quite bare, bar some curtains flanking the open kitchen. Beware the low hanging lights - I managed to smack into them twice!

Service

The latest in a long line of cafes that doesn't indicate whether it's table service or order at the counter. I waited at my table for ten minutes, menu in hand for someone to come over, but to no avail. It wasn't due to lack of staff as one waitress managed to clean both the tables next to me and restock the coffee cups whilst I waited hoping that someone would come my way. In the end I gave up and ordered at the counter. I still don't know if this was right or not but it got food to the table!

Highlights

Blueberry fans will be very happy with both the smoothie and the blueberry custard tarts.

The Bottom Line

Olaf's definitely has its fans so maybe I got them on a bad day. A slightly disappointing experience from a place that I had high hopes for.

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