492 New North Road,
(09) 815 3591
The ViewAuckland Review
4 out of 5 stars
I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately with brunch and breakfast options creeping up over the $15 mark in a few Auckland eateries. And while the offerings in places like Jafa, (soon to have a new name apparently…), Meola Kitchen and Season are definitely a cut above other places, at those prices it’s hard to regard them as everyday options. Newly opened in Kingsland, the Shaky Isles Coffee Co has obviously spotted a gap in the market and has launched with a simple menu that’s firmly entrenched under the $10 mark.
Already it’s paying dividends with a couple of recent visits showing that Shaky Isles is becoming a firm local favourite. On a Friday morning the quirky interior that channels 1960’s retro NZ style is filled with impromptu meetings hunched over 21st-century laptops. Polished wooden floors and distressed painted timber walls recall your favourite bach, and a maze of bar lightbulbs cascades down the roof. It’s a good down-to-earth antidote to the slightly flasher style of Ivy and Tabou that’s creeping into Kingsland.
A second visit on a Saturday morning reveals a slightly different, but still essentially local crowd with studenty refugees from Roasted Addiqtion joined by a few Mountain Buggy wielding families. Friday’s visit confirmed the quality of the coffee and the relaxed ease of the service, so Saturday is a chance to try the menu. At just $8, the mushrooms with gruyere on sour dough is the kind of thing you could rustle up at home, but you probably wouldn’t have all the ingredients. Just ten bucks gets you a Breakfast Bruschetta, a sly spin on eggs in toast, with slice of sour dough topped with grilled tomato, mesclun and scrambled eggs. The meals are on the small side, but if you were to come here on a regular basis certainly very affordable.
With other Kiwi-as touches like Whittaker’s Sante bars dipped in hot chocolate and kitschy souvenir teaspoons, it’s all very homegrown. And while it all looks very spontaneous, just a tinge of well-thought marketing strategy creeps through. Shaky Isles is apparently aligned to Lone Star and the Mac’s Brew Bars, so don’t be too surprised to see the concept rolled out as a local, funkier alternative to Starbucks.
Still, if they’re as well run and affordable as this first cab off the rank, is there anything wrong with that?
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