Mojo Poneke

Mojo Poneke granola close up

1 Clyde Quay Wharf, Oriental Bay
Opens 7am weekdays, 8am weekend; closes 5pm every day
Granola $14; Mojo black coffees $4, filter-style $5.50, Zealong teas $4.50

Update: I’m sad to say that Mojo Poneke has closed for good. This was just as Covid level 4 lockdown began in March 2020. I’m not sure if it was a victim of Covid or was already going to close, but the closure is permanent. I will leave this review online for a while as the granola was interesting.

This cafe in the Mojo stable is situated at shore end of the former overseas terminal building on Clyde Quay Wharf, now mostly converted into upmarket apartments. It seems to function mainly as a quality lunch venue so you shouldn’t have a problem getting a table earlier in the morning.

Granola at one Mojos is not necessarily the same found at another. Here I was intrigued by the listing of chia yoghurt on the menu. I was even more intrigued when my granola was served in a sort of glass jar, complete with glass lid.

Mojo Poneke coffee and granola

The granola was mixed with small pieces of chopped apple and orange and a berry compote. The fresh fruit was limited to only a few pieces. There were also small pieces of dried fruit, including raisins, apricot and pawpaw as well as untoasted coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds.The yoghurt was swirled around the bottom of the jar and near the top, creating attractive layers when seen through the glass. It was an interesting eating experience, working vertically. A downside is that you couldn’t select your yoghurt or compote – it was too hard to locate or separate. Also pouring milk (served in a very generous quantity) on the granola simply sent it straight to the bottom, so the bit you poured it over sort of stayed dry.

Mojo poneke side view of granola

If you have read some of my other reviews you will know I’m not keen on dried fruit in preference to fresh, but everyone to their own. Aside from the chewy bits of dried fruit, the granola was perfect! Not too sugary. Great that coconut wasn’t toasted, so it retains its flavour and texture. Best of all, it was crunchy all the way to the bottom of the jar, despite some of it sitting in milk or yoghurt. And there was plenty of it. Top marks!

Mojo Poneke tea

I had an Americano coffee, through filter is available here too. It came with hot water in a jug and was excellent. And I had tea on another occasion. It is nicely presented and the coffee cup used is the right shape for tea, but the glass teapot that the various Mojo outlets use is a terrible pourer, as you can see from the liquid on the tray above.

You can view the menu here because Mojo’s don’t put them online.

Mojo Poneke interior front
Mojo Poneke interior back room

The café is on a wharf, albeit at the shore end, but it does get water views. However, it is shaded from the sun until the afternoon, so probably at its best after the breakfast hours unfortunately.

Mojos Poneke exterior west
Conclusion

Very good granola served in an usual way, marred by dried fruit and some difficulty in eating it. Filter coffee. Environment better in the afternoon.

Reviewed August 2019

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