I love neighbourhood cafes; they bring a relaxed focal point to the community. In Morningside, a slowly gentrifying neighbourhood, Geeks on Sainsbury has brought the suburb a step up on the trendy scale. The commercial complex it is located in is drab and sleepy, and thoroughly in need of a boost.
The workspace is divided in Coffee Geeks and Kitchen Geeks. They serve up coffee from a boutique Wellington roaster, Red Rabbit Roastery, and check out the explanation of an espresso on the blackboard. I really like how Geeks have focused on the provenance of their ingredients. They serve Six Barrel Sodas, Aoraki salmon, Best Ugly bagels and Pokeno bacon.
BL’s flat white was smooth with medium acidity though not as strong as he expected for a double shot. My blue smoothie ($8) with blueberries, kiwifruit and bananas was indulgent; it was breakfast in a jar. It tasted creamy and delicious, and wasn’t too sweet.
SM’s tea came with the a totally covetable milk jug in the shape of a miniature stainless steel milk churn.
The all day breakfast menu spans a selection of eggs benedict, bagels and waffles. While waffles were tempting, I wasn’t quite up for the accompanying ice-cream for breakfast. I selected the Aoraki smoked salmon and avocado bagel ($16). The smoked salmon and smashed avocado came on an Best Ugly sesame bagel with lemon dill cram cheese, red onion and capers. If you decide on any of the bagel offerings, ask them to toast the bagel. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise these were just out of the packet, and the cold doughy texture marred the otherwise good dish.
BL had the Pokeno bacon eggs benedict ($18). I really liked this. Pokeno bacon is one of the best bacon in NZ, and Geeks have enhanced it by sitting it on a rectangle of perfectly cooked Agria potato gratin, topping it with poached eggs and homemade hollandaise, accompanied by a beetroot puree.
SM had the petite serving ($10) of Aoraki salmon eggs benedict, and was pleasantly surprised to have the option. Great if you’re slightly peckish but not keen for cabinet baked goods.
There is a selection of sweets and quiches from the cabinet, but we were surprised at the high street prices. A small slice was $4, as was a small cupcake. Quiche ran to $9.90 each.
Geeks has a great chilled-out, hipster vibe. I like their industrial chic aesthetics, and the seating in the spacious courtyard in front will be great for the warmer months once they have some shade installed. The menu is full of classics done well and presented beautifully.
Geeks on Sainsbury
1/55 Sainsbury Road, Morningside
Ph: 09-887 9836
Mon – closed
Tue – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat/Sun: 8am – 4pm