342A Tinakori Rd, Thorndon, Wellington
Opens 7.30am Tues–Fri, 8.00am weekend; closes 3pm Tues–Fri, 2pm weekend; closed Mon
Muesli $10.50; Supreme coffee (incl filter), Libertine teas
I stumbled upon Goods by chance while on my way to the Hillside Kitchen further down the road. It is at the end of a brick lane between an antique shop and the Sprig and Fern Tavern, so you could easily miss it if you didn’t know it was there. The eatery describes itself as a manufactory and café. I guess bakery and café might make more sense, as they offer a range of pastries at the counter, as well as sourdough bread in the weekend, and a short menu of seven very reasonably priced items, including toasted muesli.
The muesli consisted of large-grain, lightly toasted oat flakes combined with bran flakes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, broken hazelnuts, some coconut flakes and dried raisins, cranberries and blueberries. I really liked having the bran flakes, as they contributed crunch without going down the granola path of high sugar. The blueberries were a refreshing addition to the more routine raisins and cranberries too.
The muesli was topped with very creamy yoghurt (described as whipped honey yoghurt on the menu) and chopped banana. Like the other food on offer here, the dish as a whole was modest but good. If you have read my other reviews you will know that I’m not a big fan of lots of banana (too much starchy carb) and would have preferred a more tangy sort of fruit.
But the best thing about the place is the environment. The leafy approach is very inviting and inside it is light, comfortable, domestic-scaled, uncrowded and aesthetically pleasing. Plus there is plenty to read AND they serve filter coffee (in a mug, as it should be). What more could you ask for? If I lived in the area I’d be popping in all the time. It really could be your second home.
I said it was more a bakery than a manufactory (if that is a real word), but I realise now there were shelves of food and kitchen stuff you could buy. I guess they produced some themselves. Sorry, I didn’t pay much attention to this as I’m not really a home maker.
The muesli itself is nothing too much to write home about, but it is good value for money. What makes Goods more special is the overall feel of the place: the attractive approach, comfortable and tasteful interior and a range of offerings that is not too ambitious.
Reviewed February 2020.