(Square Edge Community Arts Centre)
Palmerston North City 06 358 1355
- Sun – Tues 7am – 4pm
- Wed – Sat 7am – 9pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
- Wi-Fi: Free
OE cafe offers international cuisine in a smart casual gallery setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all show case top quality international meals. A large range of cabinet food at moderate prices for lunch as well as a full menu. OE is proud to offer an extensive range of gluten free, dairy free and nut free meals. All food is made on premise so we can tell you what is in everything. A complete gluten free menu is always available.
Dinner can be an intimate occasion or celebrate in our large gallery space with your group.
22 Reviews for OE Cafe
After we had all received our food, we soon realised that our eggs benedict that three of us had all ordered, came without the spinach we paid extra for, had no potato rosti’s (which was displayed on the menu) and all our eggs were cold and hard when it was specifically requested that they came out runny. On top of that, the cabinet food we ordered was requested to come out with no salad, and came out with lots of salad which was covered in dressing that ended up spoiling the rest of the food on the plate.
The service was mediocre from a place which prides themselves on top quality food and service. The food came out at different times, which wasn’t impressive and the food itself was not up to standard and far too overpriced for what it was.
I was very disappointed with what I experienced today at OE, and I know other members of my party felt the same way.
Am hesitant about returning.
Today’s lunch, however, was dismal. We ordered two Caesar salads and a vegan big breakfast (with some restrictions – no pumpkin or mushrooms) after the first vegan option was not available due to being sold out. We waited over 40 minutes for our meals, which were definitely not worth the wait. The Caesar salads arrived with breaded chicken and a single poached egg on top, a single cherry tomato buried inside mounds of cos lettuce. Neither party could finish the dish. The vegan breakfast came out with no potato rosti and two huge mushrooms, and the server’s explanation was, “I thought you said no pumpkin or potato.” No offer to bring out rosti separately or to re-make the meal, just an offer of a side plate to scapre the mushrooms off onto. The breakfast was underseasoned, and came with a tomato relish that had obviously been watered down. Everything had been fried, including the spinach and asparagus, and was bitter and limp as a result. Also ordered a coffee, which took until we had nearly finished the food to come out. The server plunked it down on the corner of the table (rather precariously) and completely ignored all the empty bottles and glasses that we had finished with from our drinks from the fridge.
Waitstaff never asked how our meals were or how our experience was and never offered us anything to compensate for the wait or for the error (and there was no excuse for the wait this time, as there were very few diners whenMore we arrived.) If the staff can’t remember an order, they need to be given pen and paper to write them down.
Also, for a restaurant that prides itself upon providing a huge menu for people who are vegan, gluten free etc. there are actually very few options on the menu. No vegan options on the main dinner menu (something had to be cooked up by the chef when we went, but when it came out it was amazing.) On the lunch/brunch menu, only two options – one of which was sold out. If you are going to advertise online, in print and on your outside chalkboard that you have a range of vegan/GF/vegetarian options etc, you need more than TWO.
The atmosphere inside is nice and light, not to everyone’s taste, but plenty of interesting art to look at. The courtyard needs an overhaul, as it is currently nothing but a collection of cheap tables in a ramshackle concrete space. It’s tacked on as an afterthought, and no real effort has gone into making it a nice place to sit and eat. We wanted to eat outdoors today, but retreated inside as there were no umbrellas up on such a sunny day, and the tables weren’t clean.
Over all impressions are of somewhere that has definite ideas of what it wants to be, but fails to live up to them. Waitstaff need an education on basic rules of service, chef needs better time management skills, courtyard needs spruced up and a consistently high standard needs to be brought into play. We’ve had some good food here, but after today I don’t think we’ll be going back. We don’t have two hours to spend on lunch, let alone the money to spend on food that we didn’t enjoy in a place that didn’t seem to care if we had a good experience or not.
Very bland and overrated cafe. Will not be going back here again.
Another restaurant with lots of glowing reviews from 1st time posters.
Sooner this closes down and reverts to an art gallery the better.
Good job chefs I rate you 10/10
The management did offer some compensation to the dinners who had received cold meals – a free dessert the offer of which was appreciated but will not encourage any of these diners to go back anytime soon Such a shame.
Place seemed a little disorganised as our table was approached twice with meals for other tables, but staff were friendly and meal was delicious!