Auckland: Meadow

Another Metro Top 50 Cafes and this time it’s tucked in Meadowbank, a peaceful suburb in East Auckland. Arriving on a stormy summer’s day (typical Auckland), the place was lively with a wait of around 15 minutes for a table. Using a beautiful palate of navy and powder blue, the stylish dining room and the outdoor courtyard sets a unique and chic vibe.

As Meadow is more like a restaurant and bar, there are limited options if you’re after brunch or coffee. My short macchiato was decent. Strong with just the right amount of milk. My sister’s healthy green smoothie was packed with fruits and vegetables, something to counter her wagyu beef burger with Swiss cheese and shoestring fries. I ordered the big breakfast with poached eggs, spicy chorizo, bacon and grilled vine tomato on top of a over-fried potato hash which spent too long in the pan. Dry and lacking much-needed sauce/moisture, I left most of the hash untouched.

It appears that the trend in Meadow is to hire beautiful tall waiters because they were everywhere. Service was pleasant and friendly and we received no pressure in vacating the table despite a busy afternoon. All across-the-board, Meadow is strikingly likeable and worth a visit!

Meadow | 20 St Johns Road, Meadowbank

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