14 Jessie St, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 7am weekdays, 8am Sat; closes weekdays, 3pm Sat; closed Sun
Muesli (granola) $15, porridge $15; Acme coffee (owners brand), Noble & Savage tea

Prefab is a large, barn-like, purpose-built structure (prefabricated?) that has a less visible functions venue at the back. It is very popular for its quality food, but if you don’t get a buzz from being in a noisy space with scores of people then this may not be the place for you.

I turned up on a Saturday morning bang on opening time I thought (8am) and already there were half a dozen people inside and the place was noisy! – mostly from the staff and music actually. I guess they were in pre-opening mood.

The dish was labelled muesli on the menu but was definitely well roasted, so I’m calling it granola. It was a very paleo mix, seemingly devoid of grains and entirely consisting of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. It was delicious. Unfortunately it was topped with that bland Zany Zeus yoghurt so beloved of cafés and restaurants, and equally bland rhubarb. Sliced banana was the other topping. Ample milk was served with it.

I’m writing this up from my notes some time after I visited and I’m afraid I didn’t record what sort of coffee I ordered. It would have been filter or an Americano, but I do remember being pleased that it came in a mug, as you can see in the photo above. I did go back a few days ago at about 8.15 on a weekday morning but already it was pretty chocker. Don’t these people have jobs to go to? Or are they in fact at work? So many hip-looking types (out of frame) seemed to be tapping away on laptops that I wondered if this was a prelude to some sort of techie conference. Will try again another day.


Fantastic granola but not supported by yoghurt or rhubarb. Coffee very good. Noise level uncomfortable.

Reviewed June 2019

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