While we had to walk miles and miles from our park to Zus & Zo (all hail Ponsonby parking), there were plenty of interior and fashion boutiques lined up on Jervois Road that served as a great inspiration (read: distraction) for our Friday afternoon. Zus and Zo (a Dutch expression of ‘This and That') is a dainty café with Dutch details of country style tableware, a bright-blue feature wall and a huge framed image of… a coral-coloured canary? Tthe menu offers an eclectic variety of breakfast options with a Dutch twist; think Mushrooms with blue cheese, pancetta & yorkshire pudding or Ricotta Pancakes with blueberries & rose-infused mascarpone. Mmmmm… We made an activity of 'Who Can Make The Waitress Smile First' while waiting for our orders, who seemed to be a bit on the surly side that day. What can we say? You won't be bored in this little café.
Louise had the haloumi and roast beetroot salad and drank a mocha. She said 'Was a bit underwhelmed by the slow service and the coolness of the staff (not in a hipster way either). Setting a group challenge to get the staff to smile managed to work, kind of " maybe they were just having a bad day. Or, as Innie said, maybe we just walked in on a fight. You never know. Like the openness and styling of the space though.'
Katie had the eggs benedict with with kale and field mushrooms on corn bread and drank a mocha. She said 'Wow, this chai is very spicy! Very strong ginger and definitely very warming. Waitress seemed to be having a bad day as she didn't crack a smile till the end when she educated us about the golden beetroot that Lou was puzzling over. Dish was yum, poached eggs were per-fec-to. Love the sunny layout of the café, will be back!'
Mel had the ricotta pancakes and drank a gingerella ginger ale. She said ' Not quite what I was expecting for the pancakes, not the traditional thin type. More like a thicker sponge, but really nice.'
Joe had the eggs benedit w/ bacon and drank a gingeralla ("ella, ella, aye, aye.). He said 'Nice décor, but a bit let down by slow and seldom-smiling service.'
Annie had the raw energy salad and a Tokyo lime & green tea. She said 'They took a while to take our orders so it was nearly 40 min before we received our meals. The tea was very nice.'