Geeks have nailed it. The beautiful food, the indoor outdoor space, the easy parking, the casual vibe. It’s exactly how brunch is supposed to be. The place is jam-packed on a sunny Saturday but there’s no rush, no crazy Ponsonby queues of cars and people. I highly recommend the Eggs Benedict, it’s perfectly portioned and doesn’t weigh you down like a typical hollandaise drenched dish would, though the bacon is a little on the chewy side. The blueberry smoothie is delicious and the ice chocolate is something to keep going back for. As always, food on other people’s tables are that much more exciting and we are eyeing up the mushrooms on toast and the banana waffles for the next time we make the trip over to Sandringham.
Geeks on Sainsbury
1/55 Sainsbury Road, Auckland
Wanting to try something new we did a quick scour through the Internet for a small and relaxed cafe, preferably not too far away and that was actually still open (this was around 3pm). Along with all the new restaurants that Auckland has been graced with this year, there has also been new review sites like Zomato and Yelp – which are a lot more up to date than your Dineout and Menumania. Petit Bocal has some raving reviews so we decided to check it out. Inside, the French restaurant has fresh white walls and hanging lightbulbs. The wooden tables are decorated with flowers, and there are black and white photographs hanging ranging from the great Eiffel Tower to a cute kid holding a baguette.
To drink we had the Super juice in berry and tropical ($6 each). This was just bottled juice but fine on a hot summer’s day. We would’ve liked to see some smoothies on the menu too since it was too hot for tea and we’re not coffee or chocolate fans.We’d read great things about the Eggs benedict ($17 with bacon) so that was quickly on order. The hollandaise sauce we found a lot more lemony than your typical, which works for me. On the other hand the bread was a lot more tougher than I anticipated. It was difficult to cut, I ended up just picking it up and eating it with my hands. The Croque Madame ($16 + $5 fries) was delicious. The classic French toastie with ham and cheese can come with an egg on top (Madame) or not (Monsieur). Although the egg was cooked just right the bread fell soggy after the dish went back to the kitchen because they forgot the egg on the first go. We thought the portions were large and the prices reasonable. They’re also open 7am – 10pm which is a definite bonus. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Zomato, and Yelp.
177 Sandringham Road, Sandringham, Auckland.