119 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 7am weekdays, 8am weekends; closes 4pm weekdays, 5pm weekends
Muesli (granola) $14, porridge $15; Flight coffee (incl filter and cold); Tea Drop (black teas) and Libertine (herbal and green) teas
Hangar evolved out of the coffee roastery Flight, founded in 2012. Coffee remains a specialty, with a good range of blends, origins and brewing methods. It is a popular café, holding a respectable crowd when I walk past on the way to work in the mornings. On Saturdays you need to be in before 9am if you want a seat. I had some excellent granola here months ago but didn’t take a photo, so I thought I’d better come back to write the place up on this site.
The presentation was quite different this time round. I do remember a number of flowers on the dish previously, but the jug of milk in the middle was new. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Do you eat round it? I could see things might get awkward, so decided to take it out to start with.
The food was pretty good. They call it muesli, and it verges on that, as it is not crunchy and heavy like granola, and has a relatively low sugar and oil content I’d say. But it is more toasted than even ‘toasted muesli’ so I’m putting it in the granola category here. It consisted of small oat flakes, peanuts and almond slivers, with added dried apricot, cranberries and raisins/sultanas.
Thankfully gone are the sugar-rich dates of the version I had first time. The berry compote was good and the yoghurt was probably Zany Zeus brand (thick and creamy Greek-style). And the banana was, well banana. Sometimes I thought I got a hint of a fatty sort of taste, as though there was contamination from something, but I’m not sure.
I turned up at about 8.15 on a Saturday morning and you can see how few people were there in the photo above. But by 9am people were standing about waiting for a table (see below). You can read the large-format Saturday paper and eat at the same time if you pull a couple of tables together when the place is half-empty, but it reaches a point in the morning when this is no longer possible.
The filter coffee was EXCELLENT. Kenyan Kavutiri blend, in a nice heavy mug with a coaster stand. Perfect. This is the café for drinking filter coffee.
Top rating for coffee and the granola is right up there too. The space is OK, but can feel a bit confined and basic though the rough-sawn timber humanises it somewhat. I’ll be back for porridge (not listed on the online menu but on the printed one).
Reviewed October 2019.