Café Polo

84 Rotheram Tce, Miramar (cnr Rotheram and Para St), Wellington
Opens 8am Tues to Saturday; 9am Sunday
Granola $12.50; L’affare coffee, t-Leaf-T tea

Café Polo was named after a park nearby that was used as a polo ground in the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries. It has a reputation for fine food and sells alcohol. So when I was out in Miramar to attend a film screening at the Roxy Theatre there I thought I’d better check it out. It took about 20 mins to arrive from central Wellington mid-week on a number 18 bus.

I arrived at 12.30 at lunchtime on a weekday and there were not very many diners, though I was there once on a Saturday morning when it was packed. The waiter was very attentive, and brought a glass of water and menu to my table as soon as I sat down.

The granola took a good 10 to 15 mins to arrive. However, when it did it was beautifully presented, in a nice bowl, with a colourful selection of fresh fruit and thin strips of cooked rhubarb. The rhubarb was perfect – firm and slightly sour, but not too much of either. The granola itself was richly toasted and rather sticky, suggesting a lot of syrup or honey holding it together. There were pistachio nuts, dried cranberries, and almonds in the mix. The yoghurt was honey flavoured. All in all the dish was a bit sweet for my preference. Better to complement the sweetness of the granola with a more sour yoghurt I think. The Americano coffee was good and hot, though not a very large serving.

I grew up in the area a long time ago and I can recall when the café was a store. A fruit shop I think, or maybe a grocery that sold fruit and vegetables. This was in the days before supermarkets.

Conclusion

Very nicely presented and well conceived granola but I feel it was too sugary to be a healthy choice to eat very often. Relaxed, suburban atmosphere with sophistication. And you could always bump into a star from Miramar’s movie industry here.

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

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