Floriditas

Floriditas -porridge header image

161 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 7am; closes 3pm; re-opens 3pm–late
Porridge $18, bircher, muesli; Supreme coffee, Tea Total leaf tea

Floriditas Café and Restaurant is a popular and well established eatery on Wellington’s somewhat boho Cuba St without being boho itself. It is Continental in appearance, with a high ceiling, dark wooden furniture, high back bench seats, a feature mirror, suspended glass lamp fittings, frosted graphics on the windows and so on. The counter delicacies always look enticing, the coffee is reliable if not exceptional, and bircher muesli, granola and porridge have been offered (but only porridge at time of writing – September 2022).

Floriditas -porridge and coffee

In my other reviews I found the bircher good and the granola meh. I’d call the porridge pretty good. It was a of perfect consistency and not only had rhubarb pieces on top, but also had rhubarb cooked in with the porridge to give it a pinkish tint and a little bit of bite to the taste. Also on top was vegan marscapone and the whole was covered in an oat crumble.

I love crunchy granola or crumble over porridge. It makes a nice contrast in texture and prevents porridge from being just a boring slurry. The marcapone added further variety in this case. Some vegan cheeses can be a bit yuk in my experience, but this tasted just fine.

Floriditas - porridge July 2022

The current porridge is an improvement over the version I had in 2022. It had poached pear on top and the same oat crumble over that in turn. You also got a small jug of cream, which was rather superfluous, as there was a lot of sweet pear juice over everything. In fact, the porridge was swimming in it. WAY too much.

I think that this surplus must have been a kitchen accident, as I also had the same porridge a month earlier. This time there was poached feijoa as well as pear (feijoa was listed on the menu both times, but I think it got left out the second, or maybe there just wasn’t very much).

Floriditas - porridge June 2020

This time the porridge was not all that hot I’m afraid. Maybe this was a result of pouring cold poached fruit over the top. Better to warm it up I think. The fruit itself was very tasty though – the feijoa provided a spicy sort of enhancement to the more bland pear.

Floriditas - interior view to car park

As always, service was pretty attentive and quick. There was a single newspaper to read, so even with only about eight or so people at 7.30 on a Saturday morning I didn’t get to look at it until another customer had finished. The good thing though is that I had asked about a newspaper when I sat down, and the wait staff had clearly noted this, because as soon as the other customer had finished it was brought over to me. Now that really is good service.

Floriditas - interior view to counter
Floriditas -interior view flowers

I love that Floriditas changed their hours to be open from 7am every day of the week. So you don’t have to remember that weekends open later, and delay your visit, as for most other eateries. And it doesn’t seem to hurt business. By 8.30 on a weekend the place is really filling up, and by 9.30am you will have to wait for a seat. Clearly you would have no chance of getting hold of the single newspaper by about 9am.

Floriditas - exterior view
Conclusion

Good combination of rhubarb, in and on top of the porridge, oat crumble and vegan marscapone. And an improvement on previous versions of porridge. Great super-early opening hours every day of the week. Don’t expect to find a complimentary copy of a newspaper to read though.

Reviewed June and July 2020, September 2022.
Menus, ingredients and opening hours may change. Check with eatery before you visit.

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