Occupying a stunning industrial space in Ponsonby Central, Toru, is the sister cafe to the ever so popular Teed Street Larder in New Market. A week after our meal at Bedford Soda and Liquor, we made our way back to explore other offerings in Ponsonby Central and decided to have a late lunch at Toru. With excellent indoor and outdoor flow, we took our seats away from the street while we were greeted by the cutest French bulldog from the store next door.
The menu at Toru is impressive. Offering an extensive range of breakfast and lunch dishes, we were spoilt for choice. From healthy options such as the quinoa muesli with buffalo yoghurt to the luscious French toast with dark chocolate and espresso cream, you will be sure to find something right for you.
After going through the menu, I settled on a healthy squid salad made with slices of courgettes, grilled calamari, pieces of spicy chorizo and micro greens. What a spectacular and summery salad! The blanched courgettes maintained a nice crunchy texture and the citrus dressing was refreshing. I wasn’t a fan of the side of aioli so I opted to go without. It seemed like a rather odd pairing considering the salad is so light and well dressed.
Our waiter took great care of us and the place has a lovely casual vibe. The coffee is good, although they did mix up my soy flat white with my friend’s trim but that was easily rectified. All the dishes were well executed and it’s nice to see unique variety in their menu. Parking can be hard to find in Ponsonby, but with all the side streets, you’ll be sure to eventually find a spot to park.
It’s hard not to be won over by Toru.
Date: Saturday 11 January 2014 | Location: Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby | Food: Cafe