Neo Café & Eatery

Neo - porridge header

132 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 7am weekdays, 8am weekends; closes 3.30pm weekdays, 3pm weekends
Porridge $14; Granola $15; Supreme filter coffee, incl bottomless, Ritual Tea Co tea

Neo Café & Eatery serves one of the best granolas (see separate review), and have good filter coffee, so what do they would do with porridge? Not so much it turns out.

Neo - porridge and coffee

The porridge I ordered was made with oatmeal and served pretty promptly (I was the only one in the place, mind). It was quite creamy and possibly made with oat milk. The topping was described on the menu as ‘berry compote, cinnamon & pumpkin seed crumble’. There were a small quantity of linseeds too – not sure if they were part of the crumble that had, well, crumbled out.

Neo interior towards front

I didn’t notice the cinnamon, but I confess wasn’t really looking for it. The berry compote was almost jam-like in its consistency and sweetness. Too sweet for me.

I got a small jug of cream with the porridge. I thought they must be taking an interest in my health, because it was so tiny it looked like it belonged in a dolls house. I had to ask for a jug of milk to get enough liquid with my porridge.

This review is actually an update of porridge I had in August 2019. The porridge then had rhubarb instead of the compote. It was a pretty thin spread, but was nicely acid. The crumble was the same and so was the tiny jug of cream. The new version is less minimal, with more fruit and crumble. Is it better? Maybe.

Neo porridge 2019

The filter coffee is great and you get a good sized mug of it. For a dollar extra you can choose bottomless if you really want to get buzzed up for the day. On another occasion I ordered an Americano coffee to see what they would do with it. It was served in a cup and tasted good. Nice to see they serve kombucha ($5) here too. Standard teas are Ritual Tea Co.

Neo panorama

As per my previous visit I had real problems trying to read the large format Saturday paper on the small table, but the smaller mid-week paper would be more manageable.

Neo - exterior
Conclusion

The granola here is outstanding, the coffee great, and the space intimate. The porridge definitely rather more average. Not something I would bother with again at Neo.

Reviewed August 2019 and July 2020.
Menus, ingredients and opening hours may change. Check with eatery before you visit.

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