Ti Kouka

Level 1/ 76 Willis Street, central Wellington
Opens 7am weekdays; 8.30am Saturday; closed Sunday
Granola $8; porridge $16; Flight coffee; Kerikeri organic tea; Ti Kouka kombucha

Ti Kouka is upstairs, opposite the intersection of Willis St and Mercer St, near the Civic Centre. The granola I review here is no longer on the online or printed menus as I write this in August 2019 but I was told that you can get a smaller serving of the granola that is displayed on the counter in a jar. It doesn’t look the same and I’m not sure if it comes with fruit, etc. Perhaps not. I will sample it at some stage and write an update.

The granola was very good, and was a very generous serving. Not so generous was the wipe of yoghurt around the plate. It wasn’t a very usable amount and more for decoration it seemed. There was a decent quantity of fresh fruit though: kiwi fruit, banana, orange and a berry compote – as well as an unnecessary quantity of dried raisins in the granola. And there was plenty of milk, though I wasn’t offered a choice of type. Coffee was fine, but served in quite a small quantity for an Americano.

As you can see, the tables are bare wood, which helps give the place a homely feel. The windows are only along the street side, so it can feel a bit gloomy if you are not sitting near them. I was well away in the darkness, so that’s why my photo is not very sharp.

By the way, ti kouka is the Maori name for the cabbage tree (also known as the Torbay palm in the UK, to where it was introduced). Hence the café’s logo.

Conclusion

A filling breakfast of nice tasting granola in a comfortable setting. But the generous portion is no longer served.

Reviewed July 2019

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