Cafe Grind: FlavoursSharon Greally
8/08/2012 10:43:00 a.m.
Rating: 2 out of 5
I have, unfortunately, had reason to visit the physio at the sports centre recently. On entering, one has to pass by the café.
I have always thought that exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand so when passing the café it’s pretty perturbing to be inundated with the waft of deep fried food.
I went in expecting the worst. It’s a rather cold, cavernous place, all concrete walls and floors and from next door noisy echoes of netballing girls and referees whistles reverberate off the walls. Parents were the only other punters, so it was easy to grab a table.
I was surprised, the cabinets were full of healthy food, all made in-house. Filled sandwiches and bagels, quiches cakes and slices, scones and muffins. We chose the chicken avocado and salad wrap, and the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich (both $6.50). They were good and had plenty of fresh ingredients.
There is a kids menu offering nuggets, mini hotdogs, pancakes, kebabs with fries (all $6), and a Kiwi breakfast ($8). This is obviously where the smell of fried food comes from.
There is fruit on offer, so these guys are doing the right healthy food thing, but kids seem to gravitate to those chippies.
The coffee was okay, but slightly too bitter and a slight burnt taste.
The staff were not overly friendly – too used to rowdy children perhaps?