Cafe Eighty Ate is a medium-sized, semi-outdoor local cafe that sits on West Street. ‘Ate‘ in the name is a real draw-card for me. I also run/ride past this place on the way to work most mornings.
Judging a brunch venue comes down to taste, value and size; all three are intrinsically correlated. A dish is only good value if it tastes good and I go home satisfied…My caveat? I eat healthy, am frugal and have a big appetite.
The stock menu is completely uninspiring and revolves around eggs and other staples (french toast, bacon, pancakes). Pricing is mid-range and an omelette costs $12.90.
Luckily there is a few’weekend specials; six to choose and pricer at $15-19. My eyes instantly fix on “shakshuka with poached eggs” which I know to be a very safe bet. Tragically Lorie thinks the same way and I am left with a menu staple, avocado and salsa on toast plus 2 poached eggs.
Shakshuka with poached eggs – $19
The tomato type of baked eggs. Highly aromatic, rich tomato base that has a mild chilli kick. It’s got that chukiness that’s mandatory for textural happiness.
Hats off to the kitchen for the use of dukkah. This gives a rough, ‘earthy’ flavour.
Avocado and salsa ($10.50) with two poached eggs ($3.60)
My avocado on toast is satisfying enough, reasonably presented but essentially what you’d expect from a half decent kitchen. Got bored with this, switched over to the baked eggs to the protestation of my wife. Guilt free and happy!
Food (♦♦♦♦) – decent sized baked eggs dish that is tasty. Rest of the menu boring.
Value (♦♦) – core items are reasonable for North Shore, specials touch expensive.
Other (♦♦♦♦) nice, open setting, pram friendly. Small kitchen so food churn is too slow.
Overall (♦♦♦) – over-priced, small kitchen that can execute basic dishes.
Will I be returning?