98 Victoria St, central Wellington
Opens 6.30am weekdays, 8.30am weekends; closes 4pm
Muesli (granola) $14; porridge $14; Emporio coffee; Tea Total tea
This café closed late Feb 2022. Oh well, their muesli wasn’t much chop anyway. Nice, sunny environment though. And once upon a time they did really good food.
Victoria St Café occupies a prominent and sunny site on the corner of Victoria and Bond Streets. It’s a popular lunch spot, with a good variety of food.
Described as muesli on the menu, this was definitely well toasted, so I’m calling it granola. It contained a lot of coconut shred and raisins or sultanas. The serving was plenty but I couldn’t say that for the yoghurt and the fresh fruit was a little minimal in quantity and basic in its variety but OK. No choice of milk was offered but there was ample in this department. The Americano coffee came in a very large regular cup and without additional hot water.
The big, wrap-around windows let plenty of light and sun in and the light-toned wooden flooring gives a comfortable feel. It was fairly busy on a weekday at 8.20am but emptied out by 9am. Then on another visit I discovered it fills up at around 10am and thins out again by 10.30 as workers take a morning tea break.
On this second visit I had tea and a cheese scone. The scone was too gluggy and salty for my taste. I didn’t finish it.
There isn’t a big tea range but on another occasion I had loose leaf green tea (China Young Hyson Green) and this was very nice.
Fairly average toasted muesli and coffee but good green tea and nice and light environment. Terrible cheese scones.
Reviewed May 2019. Prices and availability of dishes confirmed 7 February 2022.
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