This Husk lunch marks the triumph of social media in promoting new businesses - we made plans to visit this shiny new cafe all because of an instagram photo. Al Keating, MD at the beautiful Coffee Supreme roastery challenged Aucklanders to follow his lead of instagramming a photo of the café, and in turn would be shouted a bag of Supreme beans. And who could say no to freebies? Turned out that this new eatery was just around the corner from Okra - an exciting addition to our neighbourhood! Bring it.
Petit Bocal is a crisp take on a Parisian side-street café – featuring yummy wooden tables unadorned apart from a small vase of fresh flowers, teal porcelain cups and lightbulbs which hung from the ceiling in glass jars. Husk's style boxes nicely ticked.
The menu was a succinct collection of French brunch and breakfast fare, including a range of sourdough tartines that we absolutely adored. The cutlery was unfortunately more like “serration for decoration” - like that? Our poetry teachers would have been proud. All in all, a stunning café with picturesque tranqulity, perfect for that weekend brunch or just to settle with a book – they even have a shared-plates menu for the evening too. We'll be lurking back here, for sure.
Louise had the JP's Marinated Sardines, with a Soft-Boiled Egg and French Baguette Soldiers and a Mocha. She said 'I love love love the cafe aesthetic - light, airy, stylish, popular and only three days old! Food was good, though sardines a bit off my usual menu - might go for something more flavoursome next time. I am enamoured though. Think it will be a fav.'
Katie had the Sourdough Tartine with Prosciutto, Sun-Dried Tomato, Bocconccini Cheese and Basil Pesto. She said ' So keen to come back at night to try the sharing plates and just revel in the tranquility. Once again had an arm workout with cutting up the tartan (ref. Foxtrot Parlour review), but it was tasty.'