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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.

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.

Athol McCredie
‘The Muesli Man’


* * * The Awards * * *

Best Muesli: Maranui, Word of Mouth, Pandoro

Best Granola: Neo, Coene’s, Hangar, Polo

Best Bircher: Southern Cross, The Lab, Highwater

Best Porridge: Coene’s, Mojo Market Lane, Bresolin, Lido

Serves Filter Coffee: Hangar, Neo, Loretta, Highwater, Leeds St Bakery, Mojo, Goods

Best Tea: No awards deserved so far!

Best Cheese Scones: Nikau, Olive

Best Environment: Southern Cross, Coene’s, Home, Loretta, Maranui, Ohtel, Dixon St Deli, Lola Stays, Egmont St Eatery

Best Value For Money: CQ Hotels, Vic Books, Whitby’s, Dixon St Deli, Le Samourai

Sustainability Award: Highwater

Eateries Reviewed: 67
Dishes Reviewed: 75
Recently Added: Black Doris, Brooklyn Deli, Goods, Preservatorium, La Cloche, Artisan, Milk Crate

4 thoughts on “Home

  1. Fabulous website. I have just discovered your website via the radio interview and I really enjoy your reviews. I love muesli and have been making my own for over 20 years. I often go to the Old Bailey, Lambton Quay in the morning (to watch European football) and have their breakfast muesli every time. I think it is top class and up there with the best but I would welcome your esteemed opinion.

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    1. Ah, thank you. I need people like you to let me know about their favourites. I thought I had a handle on every place in Wellington that serves muesli, porridge, etc, but entirely missed this one. Will give it a go at some stage.

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  2. Oh Athol, just listened to your recent RNZ interview. It was great. I’m 54, a Wellingtonians, and avid lover of anything muesli-ish, only to discover I have a gluten intolerance. So grateful for the gluten free isles in the supermarket. If you discover any GF options on your travels, I would love to hear of them.

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    1. Seize (Lambton Quay in old Public Trust building), Goldmine and Chocolate Fish (Shelly Bay) all say their muesli or granola is gluten free. I would think that Floriditas may be too, though it doesn’t say so on their menu. I have reviews of Seize and Chocolate Fish coming up. Technically, oats are gluten free, but they have another substance that works in a similar way. I’m sure you know about this, but it is easy to Google to get more info.

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