Herald rating: * * *
Address: Cafe Bliss 268 Ponsonby Rd

We came here because

we had time for a leisurely brunch.

Parking was

just across the road - we got lucky - but be prepared to walk a bit further than that normally.

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We walked in and immediately thought

the red, black and white decor was pretty intense for a morning eatery. Bold-patterned wallpaper and splashes of solid red are not common among the muted tones of Auckland breakfast spots.

The most unusual thing on the menu was

the breakfast salad - a bed of lettuce topped with bacon, poached eggs and a balsamic dressing ($14 without bacon).

We ordered

the brekkie salad and the eggs benedict with avocado and tomato ($15). Everything was fine without being great, with the exception of the enormous sweet muffin we ordered first ($3.50). It was easily the biggest muffin we have seen, and tasty with it.

The coffee was

good.

The service was

very good.

We recommend if you come here

you sit out the front in the sun or, on a cool day, grab a seat in the cosier lounge at the back.

Overall we thought

you will like this place if you like cafes to be shiny and new.