Word of Mouth

100 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
7am–4pm weekdays
Granola (muesli), porridge, with fruit $2 extra for both dishes; L’affare coffee, t-Leaf-T tea

Word of Mouth café is on the plaza opposite the National Library. It used to be the only good eatery in the area but is now rivalled by the Library’s own café, as well as that in the nearby Archives New Zealand.

The place was pretty busy when I went on a weekday at about 8.15am, but soon cleared out as people went to work. An interesting feature of the single cereal on offer – granola – was you could choose ‘half-and-half’, which means half with fruit, or you could select all granola.

As you can see, I chose the half-and-half. I’m not actually sure it was granola in the sense of being toasted muesli though. If it was toasted, it was very lightly so, as you can again see. I’m putting it into the muesli category here. It was full of whole and chopped and whole nuts (almond, pumpkin, brazil, walnut), was light on oats, and had some dried fruit. The fresh fruit was orange, banana and apple. The yoghurt was nicely natural, with a bit of sourness. The whole was drizzled with honey, which tasted nice I have to say, but really not necessary, and I’d rather have had a choice about this.

The Americano coffee was OK and served in a regular cup. There was more than enough milk, as the yoghurt provided plenty of moisture to the muesli. Service was good. Note that the place is not open in the weekends.

Word of Mouth exterior view to Molesworth St

Top marks for quantity of fresh fruit, and for having a choice about this. Yoghurt good, and ample milk. Prefer honey wasn’t added.

Reviewed July 2019

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