Brunch: Gala Cafe, Mt Eden

By Sue Baxalle

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Herald Rating: 4/5
Address: 23 Edwin St, Mt Eden

Gala Cafe at Zone 23 on Edwin Street Mount Eden. New Zealand Herald Photograph By Chris Gorman
Gala Cafe at Zone 23 on Edwin Street Mount Eden. New Zealand Herald Photograph By Chris Gorman

We came here because it was handy to my friend's workplace and a good excuse to have a mid-week catch-up.

Parking was a bit tight as it is set in very much a workplace zone but we were lucky to find a spot on the road nearby. I imagine weekend parking would be easier.

We walked in and immediately thought it was a light and spacious cafe and the modern artwork on the walls complemented the concrete minimalism.

The most unusual thing on the menu was "my mother-in-law's North Indian eggs" ($15), although we were intrigued by the J.Friend and Co. organic artisan honey plate of beechwood honeydew, pohutukawa and honeycomb ($12).

We ordered the mother-in-law eggs, which proved to be eggs fried in a spice mix, served with fresh coriander and tomato on grilled bread. The spices gave it a fresh and delicious taste. Helen opted for an omelette with tomato, basil, cos and pecorino ($16.50) - again lightly and perfectly cooked and suitable for a healthy brunch.

The service was fine.

The coffee was very good, as was the tea - a tea bag but fresh-tasting.

We recommend if you come here make sure you don't walk right past - Gala is set back from the road in a courtyard.

Overall we thought it was a lovely place to meet, with many natural food options in a somewhat unexpected location.

- NZ Herald

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