Herald rating: * * * *
Address: Cnr Bruce & Dixon Sts

We came here because

we were on holiday and in need of sustenance after visiting the local swimming pool.

Parking was

in the supermarket carpark just across the road. There's also plenty of parking on the street.

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We walked in and immediately thought

we can see why this place is busy - it's located in the museum and arts centre, and across the road from the very pretty QEII Park.

The menu is

fairly standard but the cabinet food did indeed entice. We ordered a ham, cheese and tomato croissant, and a spinach, pinenut and feta filo parcel. Both were delicious.

The coffee was

great. So was the hot chocolate, though the tall glass mug with a handle that it came in was a bit over-the-top.

The service was

excellent. The long line of people waiting to place orders quickly disappeared thanks to the very efficient and friendly staff.

Our food

arrived about 10 minutes after we sat down.

We recommend if you come here

you sit outside and relax looking over the road to the park. Then wander over for a pedal-boat ride on the lake.

Overall we thought

we'd definitely come back. The food was great and the service better than any we've had at Auckland cafes.