Brunch: Coffee Studio, Henderson

By Michele Crawshaw

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Address: 426 Great North Rd, Henderson
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The Coffee Studio in Henderson. Photo / Dean Purcell
The Coffee Studio in Henderson. Photo / Dean Purcell

Coffee Studio is part of the Corban Arts Centre in Henderson, a series of character buildings that hold various exhibitions and events. The entrance is a bit odd - you have to navigate a series of driveways until you come across the tiny studio serving brunch and lunch throughout the week.

The look is cute. Retro tables and chairs are on the pavement outside, and inside the small space there is plenty of retro chic art, ornaments and so on. It has a cosy feel that is very welcoming.

The food was okay overall, without being great.

The menu is good - everything from buckwheat pancakes and vege big breakfast to a ploughman's platter and bruschetta.

We ordered scrambled eggs with bacon ($13), pancakes ($11) and the vege breakfast ($16, available Saturdays only.) All were okay but the execution of the meals was fairly basic. Our only real complaint was the pancakes - overly thick and dry with little flavour, they were passed over in favour of the plentiful fruit topping.

The service is unfailingly friendly. The two staff working the day we visited were eager to please the steady stream of young and old diners.

Overall, Coffee Studio is not fancy nor perfect, certainly not the sort of place you'd drive across town for. But if you're in these parts it's a reliably good, basic brunch. The coffee is good and the smoothies are too.

And we like the cute studio building it's housed in.

- NZ Herald

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