Salvation Kitchen, Avondale, Auckland

Salvation Kitchen is a retro bakery/café housed in a converted service station, near the Avondale commercial centre and within easy walking distance from the Avondale Sunday Market.

They promote themselves as having won the Metro Best Café of the Year 2011, however, I later found out that ownership has since changed hands, and the previous owners now run the much-lauded Sweetie Café a couple of suburbs away in New Windsor.

The seating options at Salvation Kitchen runs from communal table, to small tables, with an eclectic arrange of seats, resin to metal to rattan and even 70’s leather chairs.

The range of savoury and sweet options on display is even more impressive. There’s something in here to please anyone, young or old, mainstream or niche. It’s clear that they have retained the previous owner’s focus on sweet treats; there are the famous donuts, selection of cakes and meringues big enough to give you a sugar high for the rest of the day.

We had come by after a morning at the Avondale Sunday Market, so I was famished and keen for something hot. I ordered the large breakfast ($19) which came with everything you would expect, sausages (chorizo), bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and toast. This is the traditional version of a big breakfast, white supermarket toast and commercial hash browns. It hit the spot, I’m a huge fan of deep-fried hash browns, and you just cannot recreate the crunch at home. The coffee was good and strong.

E ordered the bacon & potato hash cake with hollandaise ($8.50) from the counter. It looked tasty enough, however, the hollandaise was odd. It was solid and an unusually bright yellow colour.

This place has such a chilled out atmosphere; it invites you to chill out and peruse the decades old magazines. I’m not completely sold on the food, but this is Avondale. Salvation Kitchen is better than your average, and a welcomed sight.

Salvation Kitchen 
1843 Great North Road, Avondale, Auckland
Ph: 09-8281844
Open 7 days: 7am – 3pm

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