With its inner-city location, this little lunchroom has made quite a name for itself since opening in 2008. I had the pleasure of heading to Queenies with some girlfriends on our recent trip to Auckland. I hadn't heard too much about the lunchroom, its signature dishes or its location until a friend said we should head there for brunch. A short walk from the popular area of Ponsonby, and just a few short streets off the main road and you find yourself facing a white building covered in vines creating an intriguing little nook for tourists and locals alike in Freemans Bay.
The draw-card for Queenies is its delicious coffee. I found myself having two on my visit. The breakfast menu takes inspiration from around the world with the likes of Turkish Eggs and Kedgeree (smoked fish, rice, poached egg and flat leaf parsley). Chef Angus McLean whips up fantastic food with aromas to die for coming out of the kitchen.
The Turkish eggs are a unique option on the cross-cultural menu. The eggs are served with a dollop of eastern baba ganoush (roasted eggplant, mixed with garlic, lemon juice and tahini) and then covered with seasoned Greek-style yoghurt and finely chopped fresh chilli. Absolute heaven.
For those who are perfectly fine keeping their taste-buds local, there are your traditional poached scrambled or fried eggs on toast.
For the vegetarians among us, there is sourdough with creamy mushrooms. Combined with oregano, thyme, truffle oil and chardonnay this exotic mushroom mix is perfect with a long black and some poached eggs.
Avocado, a favourite for this Aussie living in New Zealand was a must. The Sammie was the perfect option for me. Homemade sourdough with tomato, red onion, rocket, Queenies famous chilli jam along with your choice of either halloumi/salmon/or crispy bacon.
Not having to wait long for your meals to come out was a massive bonus, and having the eggs cooked to perfection was a win. Dining either in the colourful interior design of Queenies or the vine-kept oasis outside will provide you with a great inner city escape to start your day,
Queenies is also a great location in the afternoon for some lunch and a vino in the sun.