Rosie Cafe

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82 Gladstone Road,

(09) 369 1182

Rosie Cafe Information

Rosie Cafe in Parnell, Auckland, is a breakfast and lunch café serving Allpress Espresso coffee. Freshly baked products daily as well as lots of counter and deli food.

Opening Hours
Tues - Sat: 07.00 to 15.00
Not Necessary on Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
Take Away Service, Breakfast Menu
Children welcome - Kids welcome when accompanied by an adult
Outdoor Area
Great Street-side outdoor seating area
Metro Magazine Top 50 Cafes 2011
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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A new addition to the Metro Top 50 Restaurants for 2014, Rosie is created by Scott Brown and Jackie Grant (aka the Hip Group) and is an incarnation of the former cafe Rosehip which sat at the same spot. With a similar menu like Ortolana where fresh ingredients and local produce are their top priority, Rosie is a popular eatery for the locals. Wanting to give this place a try after reading reviews online, my friends and I stopped by for lunch on Saturday.In the mood for eggs, I decided to try their smoked fish omelette with capers and soft herbs. The salty caper salad replaced the need for any addition of salt and the smoked fish incorporated a light smokey element into the fluffy omelette. My dining companions both enjoyed their green egg benedict with kale and a mushroom, pancetta and poached eggs combination which was finished off with a truffled soubaise. The only complaint amongst the table was the bread served with the benedict. It was bland and boring, rather disappointing.Surprise surprise, the Hip Group did it again with success at Rosie. The full dining room is a clear indication of its popularity and the friendly and helpful staff made dining at Rosie a delightful experience. They are open from morning to night; would like to see how they execute their dinner! Bookings are usually not taken, so go early or risk waiting for a table!Please check out my blog at //
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Perched on a corner site in a genteel neighbourhood in Parnell, the newly refurbished Rosehip cafe was already abuzz with lunch time diners when I visited.

The design is effortlessly stylish, like their other all-day eateries - St Heliers Bay Bistro and Ortolana. Seating is a relaxed assortment of sturdy chocolate brown woven leather chairs which you could smell was still new leather. With a mix of colourful coiled rope ottomans.
We enjoyed a plate of dark pieces of short rib so meltingly soft and intensely rich in paired with squares of crispy celeriac and sprightly brussels sprouts.

To finish we shared a pumpkin and ginger frian and an interesting modern twist to a chocolate lamington with mock cream and raspberry layers. Very delightful and what would you know – gluten free.

The service was fantastic and friendly and I would go back in a heartbeat.
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I went to Rosehip around lunchtime on a Monday for a coffee and lunch from the cabinet. The place was packed and the inside very noisy, but we managed to get a table outside. I thought the prices were quite expensive compared to some of the really great cafes I usually go to. The coffee was good and I really enjoyed the chocolate hazelnut cake we tried - heaps of ground nuts in the cake mixture and delicious chocolate icing. The sandwich was nice with nice chutney on the side. We enjoyed the food and it is handy if you are visiting the Rose Gardens, but I wouldn't make a trip to Parnell just to go to Rosehip.
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Reviewer hwenley
It was a fine Autumn Saturday at 12 noon and the cafe was so busy we were told that we would have to wait for a table. So we decided to go elsewhere. Something must have changed to make it so popular because our alternate choice was a lot quieter!
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Reviewer Will Haworth
We went here following a five star review in the Weekend Herald. Looking forward to great food and atmosphere the only conclusion we could come to was that either the owner and writer are friends, or money changed hands. To summarize:
good things: They served seperate hot water with a long black, as many cafe's fail to do.
Bad things: Said hot water was served 5 minutes before the coffee arrived.
The service was not great, the food substandard(we had the blueberry pancakes, French Toast Brioche and bacon with poached eggs.
One poached egg was runny the other hard boiled.
The bacon is the cheapest possible bacon that is 50% fat.
It was cold, wet and thoroughly unwelcoming.
We definitely won't be returning and would advise others to avoid. We shall never trust the Canvas Brunch Review again, it appears that the best scores come from local cafe's to the writer, which really shouldn't be a factor.
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Reviewer Anonymous
The place was packed on a Thursday lunchtime, but the service was excellent. Food well served, and well presented, and the double shot coffee had a real zing to it!

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Parnell, even if it is a short walk from the main street.
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Reviewer Anonymous
My husband and I drive over from the North Shore most Saturday mornings to have breakfast here, we love it!
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Reviewer Anonymous
Rosehip, opposite the Parnell Rose Gardens, is a fine example of decent café dining, though my one gripe is that the opening hours are a little on the ‘freestyle’ side of things – the place never seems to be open.

But, if you manage to arrive and they are open, then I certainly suggest you take a table and tuck into one of the more extravagant café menu around. Whether it’s a last Sunday brunch or a quick weekday lunchtime snack they’ll have pretty much something for everyone.

If you’re in Parnell Rosehip is definitely worth a visit.
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Reviewer Anonymous
The Rosehip Cafe, away from the hustle of Parnell high street, really is the perfect place to grab breakfast. The menu isn't huge but what they do offer is cooked to perfection and the service is always polite and efficient. I always go for the pancakes with bacon, fried banana and maple syrup - a cafe culture classic - whilst my wife says you can't find a better Eggs Benedict in town. Definitely recommended!
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