Auckland City 09-360 6184
Because we love our customers and want to keep them…Announced 5 months ago
- Mon – Sun 7:30am – 5pm
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Out Catering
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 46
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
Meola Kitchen is the gastronomic home of internationally renowned chef Jan Gardner. Enjoy the stunning views of Meola Reef as you delight in the creative and seasonal menu inspired by Jans global roamings. The NZ Herald had their best ever buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and Metro Magazine raved about the huevos rancheros and gin cured salmon. Roman Hillman argued with Maia Palmer over the virtues of the succulent free range chicken burger versus the courgette flowers stuffed with creamy goats cheese. As you watch the sun descending over the bay and sip on the perfectly chilled 2008 Sauvignon Blanc grown in the co owners Marlborough vineyard leave Auckland for a moment and dream.
Double-check our current opening hours… as we open for 3 nights a week during summer!
13 Reviews for Meola Kitchen
I loved the view out to the sea (the west harbour), and on a glorious, sunny day like today – the ‘last work day before Christmas’, there was a nice chilled out vibe, as people were in a relaxed mood for enjoying lunch in the open air.
I actually chose a wee posse inside, as the wind was getting up a bit, and I wanted to read the paper.
The focus at Meola Kitchen is definitely on excellent food and great coffee. Speaking of great coffee – the barista was so focussed on turning out tremendous coffees, that he forgot to smile – even when I tried to crack a joke because I mistakenly thought he’d forgotten about my second coffee. Humour me, man, I’m your customer. Anyway – your coffee’s good. The other fellow was friendly & helpful to make up for it They were constantly peddling to stay ahead of the customer demand… so service was pretty good considering.
The decor is shabby-chic, which suits the old style building, though maybe the rickety chairs could do with a bit of sprucing up?! It’s a funny old jaunt upstairs to the 3rd floor if you need to use the bathroom, but the trip up adds to the texture of your experience in this old-Auckland house. It’s quite cool.
Overall, it’s definitely a place to sample the beautiful food on offer, in a relaxed under-stated space with great views.
Coffee was nice and so was the food – but nothing special either. Definitely can’t compete with the Garnet Station down the road which has much more flair, different sitting opportunities, and organic food. The best about Meola Kitchen are the opening hours – finally a cafe which is open till 5pm, 7 days a week, when other cafes in Herne Bay (Rabbit Hole, Zus & Zo) already close at 3pm.
We had a lovely time sitting outside reading the paper and came away thinking it was one of the loveliest cafe meals we’ve had in awhile. We decided we will go back soon as there were too many delicious things on the menu.
The ONLY thing that got up my nose was having to climb three flights of stairs to the toilets to find it buzzing with flies. Also, not well sign posted so I ended up opening large cupboard doors to find this mysterious unlabelled bathroom. A bit of thought on this and maintenance would make this cafe perfect.