Shaky Isles Coffee Co

Our rating 

User rating 

6 reviews
Venue Image
492 New North Road,
Kingsland
Auckland,


(09) 815 3591

The ViewAuckland Review

StarStarStarStarNo Star
Review byBrett Atkinson18/02/2008

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?

Shaky Isles Coffee Co has been reviewed by 6 users
 
Nearest

What's near Shaky Isles Coffee Co?

Below are the nearest 5 venues within 500 metres of Shaky Isles Coffee Co.
Cinemas near Shaky Isles Coffee Co (0)

Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland Hot 5 - September 2014

A new month, a new round of experiences to be enjo...

image
02 Auckland's Best Free Kids Activities

We check out the best five free kids activities in...

image
03 Auckland's Best Outlet Shops

We check out the five best spots for outlet shoppi...

image
04 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
05 Auckland's Best Playgrounds

The kids have spoken and we are pleased to present...

Content updated: 02/09/2014 16:17
 

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • iVillage at Victoria
    I thought our group would give the Bollywood night at ivillage at...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 2/09/2014 @ 12:02 p.m.
  • Chand Indian Restaurant
    Good food, good prices, good if you in need of a good curry

    tmak021 on 2/09/2014 @ 10:01 a.m.
  • Wagamama Newmarket
    Lovely fresh food and up beat atmosphere love this place cant wai...

    tmak021 on 1/09/2014 @ 9:45 a.m.
  • Hog Heaven Newmarket
    Delicious pulled pork Burgers and other American style meals (wit...

    Michael42 on 31/08/2014 @ 5:10 p.m.
  • Tusk Thai Restaurant
    We booked a large table a couple of weeks ago for a mums night ou...

    GailB on 31/08/2014 @ 8:27 a.m.
Hitwise Award Winner