1 Market Lane, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 7am weekdays, 8am weekends; closes 5pm weekdays, 4pm weekends
Muesli (=granola) $11.50; Soaked oats (=bircher) $11.50, porridge (winter) $11; Mojo filter coffee $5.50, Zealong teas
Mojo are a chain now spread throughout Wellington and Auckland. Food outlet chains do not usually equate with quality, but Mojo offer a pretty good product, with the benefit of consistency but without identical offerings in each cafe. At Market Lane you get a full range of coffees from espresso to ‘steam punk’ extracted filter to nitro. And nicely presented teas.
This dish is listed on the menu as maple toasted muesli. I call it granola as it is darkly toasted and does have some clumping of grains. But on the other hand, it is free of the oil and sugar-based product usually used to toast muesli to make granola (a good thing from a health point of view).
The granola had pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried apricot, dried pawpaw, plenty of large oat flakes and untoasted coconut flakes. When I applied the sugar test – running milk through the granola and seeing how sweet it ended up after a bit of soaking – I detected relatively little sugar. Yay! It does look identical to the granola at Mojo Poneke, but is served entirely differently.
The granola/muesli was topped with some worms of coconut yoghurt plus berry compote. There wasn’t a lot of either, but there was plenty of granola, and a very large serve of milk. I had an Americano coffee on this day, but there are plenty of other good drinks to choose from.
I go here fairly often for morning coffee on weekdays and the environment is always pleasant. Usually it is about half full, so you can find a seat, and noise is never a problem. No music, thankfully. You can also check out my porridge review for this Mojo location, though as of October 2019 the excellent porridge is no longer on the menu (maybe it returns in winter?)
A nice version of granola, perfectly made. Plenty of it too, but more fruit and yoghurt would balance it out slightly better. Leave out or reduce the dried fruit and perfection would be attained. Great coffee and tea choices.
Reviewed October 2019.