313 Jackson St, Petone, Lower Hutt
Opens: 7am weekdays, 8am Sat, 9am Sun; closes 4pm week
Granola $15; porridge $14: Allpress coffee, Harney & Sons tea
Faith & Co café is a fairly recent addition to the many cafés along Petone’s Jackson St. It owned by Faith, who declares on the website that she wanted a place that was warm and relaxed and where people didn’t feel rushed. That objective has been achieved in my view. The café feels new, with brand new furniture and fit-out, but it is also comfortable, with a variety of places to sit and retro-looking furnishings and objects.
I was a bit apprehensive about the granola, as the menu made no mention of fresh fruit, just the dried variety and there was a honey topping listed. It was also described as grain-free and comprising nuts and seeds. As it was indeed. There were sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, buckwheat, coconut flakes and a small number of dried cranberries all held together with a syrup or honey. Plus there was a small dish of yoghurt with a spoonful of honey on the top, so you couldn’t avoid a double dose of sugar if you wanted to pour on this yoghurt.
The Americano coffee was good, and came with a small jug of hot water, as it should properly do.
I liked that there was a good selection of books to read on the bookshelves. I picked up 1001 buildings you must see before you die: The world’s architectural masterpieces. I found myself jotting down some I didn’t know about, including Newman College in Melbourne by Burley Griffin (built 1916-18).
My scribbling was accompanied by Rod Stewart (twice), Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Wings playing in the background. Yup, comfortable, but also slightly irritating when I’ve probably heard about paving paradise to put up a parking lot, me and Julio down by the schoolyard, and a band on the run more than one time too many since the songs were first released in the 1970s.
There are window corners either side of the door with comfy padded stools to sit on.
It was a rainy day when I visited just after opening on a Saturday (during Covid level 2), and only a handful of people were present, but I’ve passed by later in the morning on a fine day to find the place pretty packed out. I was impressed by the extremely quick service, but that may have had something to do with the low number of patrons. All the same, I was asked if everything was alright while I was halfway through eating, which is always nice, as it gives you an opportunity to ask for more milk or whatever.
My main comment on the granola is that it was far too sugary. So it was rather a coincidence that after I left the café and wandered down Jackson St, only a few doors away was a bookstore with a book on beating sugar addiction in the front window. Now that might be one to put on the shelves at Faith’s.
Faith & Co offer a very pleasant environment. The food in general (counter and à la carte) seems fairly standard fare but I’m sure it is well done and presented. You could say that about the granola too, but while on the one hand it is low carb by virtue of not having grains (unless you count buckwheat) it makes up for that by containing an awful lot of sugar.
Reviewed March 2021.
Menus, ingredients and opening hours may change. Check with eatery before you visit.