The Teed St Larder

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Review byBrett Atkinson11/01/2010

After a few years in the wilderness, the café scene around Newmarket’s retail hub is finally looking up. We covered the Newmarket opening of Ponsonby’s Bambina a few months ago, and the newest spot on the block is the snazzy Teed St Larder, opening just a few days before Christmas.

The Teed St Larder occupies the former site of Columbus Coffee, once an icon in the early days of Auckland’s café culture, but for a few years now just a shadow of its former self. The service at Columbus in Newmarket was mediocre at best, and occasionally it could stretch to dire. We’re pleased to report that the prompt and friendly service at Teed St Larder could not be more different from the occasionally surly mob at Columbus Newmarket.

The team behind the Teed St Larder – fresh from managing Café on Kohi apparently – have obviously thought long and hard about how to make their first foray into café ownership exciting and different. The modern country kitchen look is punctuated with stencilled packing crate furniture, and there’s lots of natural wood and natural light. A full-length blackboard behind the counter details an array of freshly-squeezed juices and smoothies, and a tasty timetable details when various freshly-baked goodies will emerge from the oven “Crumpets at 7.30am, Macadamia Brioches at 8am…” You get the picture.

Counter food (from $9.50) runs the gamut of bagels and wraps, but we’re here to try the all day breakfast and brunch menu. My potato rosti with pancetta bacon, a poached egg and coriander relish is undoubtedly free range, organic and tasty, but at $17.50, the small but perfectly formed plate, is a tad…er…small. At least for a man-sized appetite anyway. Carol is much happier with her plate of fresh fruit with organic honey and buffalo yoghurt ($12.50), and the bowl is crammed with strawberries, raspberries, grapes and melon.

Wine and beer is not on offer yet – soon apparently – and that will be the time to return to try the lunch menu including dishes like seared scallops, jersey benne potatoes and broad beans.

Right now though, the Teed St Larder is still a very worthwhile stop if you’re in Newmarket working out what to do with all those gift vouchers you got for Christmas. Well, for the few you were unable to regift on Trade Me anyway.
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