Mt Eden Road has always been lit up by the café stars Frasers and Circus Circus — not so anymore with the 2014 establishment of RAD café A labour of love by Duke Tran (ex barista for Best Ugly), this hip venture features Wellington's Flight Coffee, plywood seating, exposed brick splashed with pastel tones and a large concrete communal table at the back. RAD is the reason your Facebook and Instagram is spammed with images of those lego table-numbers, and the infamous squid-ink burger, coloured the blackest of black. Sure, the weak Green Rose Tea (courtesy of T2) looked a bit like wee, but that paled (pun intended) in comparison to the energetic staff and quirky menu items — try the Peanut Butter and Banana smoothie and the banh mi's. Oh, we're hungry again already.
Louise had the beef lemon grass vermicelli and drank this sh*t is bananas smoothie. She said 'First timer. Loved the décor though super-hipster-ville. Count the man-buns, beards, skinny jeans and black-rimmed glasses. Bam. Salad was mega yum though I swamped it with my smoothie. #bloatedgoat'
Katie had the black stack burger. She said 'The pork belly was very crispy – very satisfying. We could not get over that weak yellow water we were given, though. Pee? Flower water? Tadpole juice?'
Mel had the beef lemon grass vermicelli and drank this sh*t is bananas smoothie. She said 'Hip and funky looking place, delish food, would easily put this on my 'lets come back here again' list!!
Joe had the black stack burger and a tang tang juice. He said 'Squid ink + pork bahn–style burger = radness.'
Annie had the polenta cakes and a the spesh smoothie (jam tart). She said 'Delicious and hearty. The only problem was that it ran out too fast!'