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Mt Eden Village has been graced with so many new openings the past few months, including this new number – Scarlett Slimms & Lucky. Scarlett is a gastropub replacing Eden Cloakroom. It’s rather smoky inside so the courtyard is the better option. We had the calamari with chorizo and papaya ($14). It was delicious, refreshing and full of flavour. The battered snapper with soft shell crab and shoestring fries ($28) were surprisingly well done too. The green pea tartare was on point, not too heavy nor too sour. We didn’t enjoy the mushroom risotto ($23), the radicchio (a type of white veined red leaf vegetable) was too bitter for us.

We missed the breakfast menu i.e. Whitebait omelettes with hash browns and creamed spinach, but we’ll make it next time – weekend sleep-ins are overrated anyway.

Scarlett Slimms & Lucky
476 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Mon-Fri 12pm – late
Sat-Sat 9am – late

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Hidden beside a modern art gallery and within a business block, I don’t think I would ever have stumbled across this restaurant had it not had an online coupon deal (such an excellent idea for cafes to generate some exposure and of course an initiative appeasing for the wallet). I haven’t read up on any reviews for this restaurant but I do know that they are slanted more towards the healthy eating side of things. I ordered a berry smoothie to go along with my eggs benedict. It may be too biased to base a restaurant on how well their benes are done but hey, I think it’s fair to say eggs benedict are a fair breakfast/brunch staple in Auckland.  Whilst the smoothie my taste-buds agreed on, the eggs not so much. My sister’s blueberry pancakes weren’t all that appetizing both visually or for the stomach. This isn’t a bustling crowd, people-watching cafe, but more of a modern quiet hideaway. I did enjoy the refreshing setup with the high ceiling, lots of natural light and an excellent in-outdoor flow.

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Gala Cafe.
Zone 23, Unit G08 at 23 Edwin St, Mt Eden, Auckland. (not visible outside-  in the courtyard through the main entrance of the building.)

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