5 Eva St, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 9am Thurs to Sun; closes 3pm
Porridge $9.50; Supreme filter coffee
Fix & Fogg are known for their peanut butters, which you can now find on most supermarket shelves. But you can also buy direct from them at their factory window – including 2 and 4kg pails if you have a large family to feed or just like eating it by the handful. And besides the various peanut butters they show you what you can do with them by offering toast, milkshakes, smoothies and porridge – all with a rich and sometimes unexpected variety of ingredients combined with peanut butter (pickles anyone?)
I had what the online menu describes as ‘coconut and chia porridge topped with black forest dark chocolate peanut butter, raspberry syrup, coconut flakes, berries, dark chocolate chunks and freeze dried raspberries’. That sounds amazing but there were a few issues with these ingredients. One was that the berries were still actually frozen. I’m not sure why you would do that unless you imagined that the warmth of the porridge would thaw them out. It didn’t really.
Issue two was simply too much chocolate. I love both dark chocolate and peanut butter and mixing the two is definitely a winning combination I can happily eat straight from the jar. Mixing them with porridge sounds like a great idea, and many do it, but a problem is that the chocolate melts to a heavy, sticky consistency and the peanut butter is also heavy and doesn’t mix well. Both weigh the porridge down. I think they can work well in very small quantities, but there was just way too much here for my taste. I could only eat half the bowl before I was starting to feel a bit sick.
I had visited Fix & Fogg in summer to try the porridge but discovered it was off the menu at that time – a common seasonal practice amongst eateries. So I had a strawberry and banana smoothie bowl with chocolate hazelnut butter (photo above). It was more edible than the porridge, but I felt pretty full at the end with all the dairy fat in the yoghurt and the sweetness of the chocolate.
Fix & Fogg is probably best on a sunny day. There are stools where you can eat or, if the sun is at the wrong angle and the alley is in the shade, you could hop over to Te Aro Park nearby. Don’t expect much sun to penetrate this side alleyway off Eva St in winter.
Finding the place can be tricky. Eva St runs off Dixon St. The unnamed Fix & Fogg alley is off to the right, before you get to The Chocolate Factory on the left. Further up, the street joins with Leeds St, where you can find the Leeds St Bakery I have also reviewed. And when you do visit the window don’t forget to take along your washed Fix & Fogg jars for recycling.
Great peanut butters (I recommend the Everything Butter). But the porridge is best suited to those who can eat a lot of chocolate at one sitting. The frozen berries were a mistake, whether deliberate or accidental. Seating is outdoors only, so best on a warm day.
Reviewed June 2020.
Menus, ingredients and opening hours may change. Check with eatery before you visit.