Address: 371 Remuera Road, Remuera
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The menu

was swiftly delivered to our table once we secured a booth up the back. We read through the alluring list of breakfast and lunch options available all day. It was a combo of Kiwi favourites - think eggs benedict ($18), steak and fries ($24) and a low-carb brekkie option ($19) but with a European flair. There were plenty of well-signposted gluten-free and vegetarian options, too.

The look was rustic; wooden and warm, with charming blue and white decor. There were a couple of tables out the front for trying to capture spring sun. Nearly every seat was full when we visited. We snagged a booth up the back but obviously this eatery on bustling Remuera Rd is a favourite.

The food arrived at our table quick-smart, which we appreciated as we didn't have time to linger too long. The crispy polenta squid with roasted lemon, pickled cucumber and green salad ($18) delivered just as the menu promised. We also thought it would be rude not to pick a traditional French sandwich and the croque monsieur ($14) on beautiful buttered crusty bread. With just the right amount of ham and a glossy bechamel coating, turned out to be the star of the brunch for me.

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The coffee was milky and warm, just as I'd ordered in my trim latte that morning. My dining companion picked a gorgeous purple, thick berry smoothie and sang its fruity praise.

The service was good upon entry but as more and more patrons flooded in towards lunch hour the smiling staff were far more stretched. Understandable, but it made the end of our meal feel a bit rushed.

Overall we're still thinking about that croque monsieur and coffee. Book yourself a table and settle in.