What is this Site About?
This site revolves around reviews of muesli and related breakfast cereals served in the cafés and restaurants of Wellington, New Zealand. Why? Well, Wellington has 880 or so eateries – twice as many eateries for its population than New York! Of these, I count at least 100 in the inner city and nearby suburbs that do muesli, granola or porridge. Yet you will never find these dishes covered by food reviewers.
So that’s what I’m here for: to find you the best oat-based eating experience in Wellington.
More than just Cereals
I also cover other fare. Wellington has a strong coffee culture and it’s easy enough to get a good espresso. But a filter coffee, where you can taste the difference between the varieties of bean, is harder to come by. So I have sought filter coffees out. The overwhelming emphasis on espresso also means very few eateries in Wellington have any idea how to prepare and serve tea. I’ve added hunting down those that do to my tasks.
And then there are the cheese scones. I do a small sideline in those because apparently this is a Wellington thing, with stiff competition to make the best.
More than just Wellington and Muesli
I give a run-down on my general impressions of each eatery, so even if you are not into eating muesli at cafés it will still be useful. And I’d like to think that if they can do muesli well, then they can excel at other things.
And if you don’t live in Wellington, the dishes sampled provide plenty of ideas for how you could work up your own. I also discuss:
- the history of different cereal dishes (with a New Zealand emphasis)
- frumenty – a traditional cereal dish not offered by eateries
- health questions and cereals
- and making your own muesli.
How to Use the Site
On the muesli, granola, bircher and porridge pages I have created thumbnail images to stand for cafés and restaurants I’ve reviewed. These are ranked best to worst, starting top left. This assessment is weighted towards quality of the dish, but also includes the total dining experience.
You can also click on the map to see locations and view my colour-coded rankings from one to five stars. Roll over marker to see the eatery name; click on marker to get details; click on eatery name to go to my review.
Below I also list my selected favourites by a single judging factor. And further down you can just enter the name of an eatery in the search box to see if I have reviewed it.
What is the Site Really About?
Isn’t this reviewing different eateries in one town just on muesli-related dishes a bit too specialised and obsessive? Well, I suppose. Am I serious? Afraid so, sort of. Don’t I have better, more important things to do? Yes, I think so. Or maybe no. Isn’t excellence what we should be demanding, of ourselves and others? That is, quality that comes from both care and attention? To experience this in a dining experience – in a humble bowl of muesli or a cup of tea – reminds us how to live.
COVID-19 note: post-Covid lockdown many eateries have come back with temporarily (I hope) reduced hours, so check the opening hours I have given. Menus have also often been cut back.
‘The Muesli Man’
* * * The Awards * * *
Serves Filter Coffee: Hangar, Neo, Loretta, Highwater, Leeds St Bakery, Mojo, Goods, Milk Crate, Maranui, Seashore Cabaret, Machete, Prefab, L’affare, Comes and Goes, Goldmine, Aro Cafe, Bicycle Junction, Empire Cinema
Best Tea: No awards deserved so far!
Best Cheese Scones: Nikau, August