So I didn't get too excited when I saw that the Union Cafe in the Vodafone Building had turned into yet another branch of Mojo, a coffee franchise I associated with Wellington and thick hot chocolates served in a tiny glass from a machine with rotating paddles (this no longer seems to be available in any branch). I didn't even realise that they served food, other than the odd muffin or something.
But tales emerged from workmates of "restaurant-quality food" for less than restaurant prices at Mojo Viaduct Harbour. I had to check it out. And I am glad that I did.
This long and narrow cafe is stylishly decorated (though I don't understand the chairs hanging on the walls), and as soon as you are seated, you are given a carafe of free sparkling water. How very European (well, the sparkling part anyway)! There is Sicilian sea salt on the table. I am impressed before we have even ordered.
|Cumberland sausage coil from Westmere Butchery on smashed baby spuds with caramelised onion, two mustards & jus.|
|Shakshuka eggs baked in Middle Eastern cumin & tomato braise with chili & feta.|
|Tartine with grilled asparagus, white bean puree, poached organic egg, parmesan shavings.|
[Added 21 May 2015: Since around October last year, though it took some time for us to try it, the menu has been a new one designed by Martin Bosley.]
Mains: Depends on whether you feel like something heavy or light. Everything we have had has been very good. And the menu changes regularly anyway.
The Shashuka ($16.50) and Grilled Asparagus Tartine ($10.50) were both delicious. Yay for options without a single pumpkin, mushroom, or spinach and feta component in sight. There are some cabinet items you could have too.
|Mojo lunch menu|
|Mojo breakfast menu|
Ground Floor, Vodafone Building, 20 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
(021) 911 657
Mondays to Fridays 7am - 5pm
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