The receptionist at our hotel suggested that we have breakfast at Café Melba, a small but popular restaurant in a section of town called Vulcan Lane, an alleyway lined with small shops and restaurants. We walked since it wasn’t too far from the hotel, thanks to good directions by the staff.
We started off the morning with a flat white with hazelnut syrup. A wonderful brew. No one does this kind of coffee like the Kiwis. Their latte art seems to be a source of pride.
A special on the blackboard was The Buttie, grilled bacon served on toasted ciabatta bun with hashbrowns, caramelized onions and avocado. The very tasty filling was enough to overcome somewhat dry ciabatta.
On the regular menu is Melba Mince, a savory ground meat sauté on toasted ciabatta bread, topped with a poached egg. I’d never had anything like this before, but I did enjoy it, even if I couldn’t identify the meat.
Café Melba is a great place to have breakfast.
33 Vulcan Lane
09 377 0091
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