Ponsonby Central in all its trendy glory would have been our favourite lunch spot if only parking wasn’t such a perilous adventure Every. Single. Time. But it’s hard to stay away from Foxtrot Parlor, especially when our last review was a whopping 4 years ago when it first opened - we felt an update was much needed. The place was packed as always, as was their cabinet with a succulent selection of pies like rabbit, moroccan lamb, beef and stilton. Then their printed menu promised everything from Peanut Parlour Pancakes to the traditional English Kedgeree and a Vietnamese Banh Mi to boot. We were spoilt for their choice in this eclectic café, and love the table numbers that were made from repurposed car number plates. If you’ve still got room for dessert, do try their donuts, complete with what looked like vintage surgical syringes from the 1900s… in the best possible way.
Louise had the Banh Mi. She said "Epic roll - I am not normally a bread fun but loved the crunchy outer and soft inner, super tasty. Excellent flavours and textures, from the fresh herbs to the tender pulled pork to the delicious chicken liver pate. Highly recommend."
Innie had the Rumbledthumps and a Hot Chocolate. She said "perfect hearty food for rainy autumn day… wish both eggs were perfectly poached though."
Katie had the Banh Mi with pulled pork, chicken pate & fresh greens. She said "The waitress likes to reach over 4 seats to throw the coffee down, maybe she just wants to touch us."
Mel had the The Beef and Stilton Pie and a Chai Latte. She said "The pie was awesome. The filling was meaty and flavoursome, the crust was so tasty and crunchy – just perfect for a cold, wet autumn day!"
Rebecca had the Henhouse Raid with a side of portabello mushrooms and a Camomile Tea. She said "Overall, very happy with the flavour of the food, the mushroom side was delicious. A little tight on seating space though."
Emma had the Banh Mi and a Chai Latte. She said "The second best Banh Mi I have ever eaten!"