At Husk we know we are spoiled rotten, getting to savour different eateries around central west Auckland every Friday. Thanks to Innie however, who was born er….cough… years ago on 19 November, we went out to celebrate her, this time on a Wednesday. Stepping into Woodworks in Avondale, the combination of bare wood, white walls, festoon lighting, teal coffee cups and delicate greenery had us feeling faintly and somehow nostalgic. Then the smiling maitre-de walked towards us with a cheerful 'Bonjour!' and, recognising him as the ex-proprieter of Petit Bocal, we knew whatever we ordered was going to be amazing. Our coffees were mouthfuls of perfection, their Cocoloco coconuts doubled as a refreshing drink AND dessert – choice. The wait was a tad long though — roughly 45 minutes before the first dish came out. Given that Woodworks were a mere 2 days old, they were quickly forgiven for any teething problems in the kitchen. See below for more on what the Huskies thought!
Louise had the smoked duck salad with orange, pomegranate and goat's feta and a mocha. She said, 'Loved the design of the space, loved the service (though you seem to have to be a hot scandi-looking hipster to work there). Great coffee and food. Will definitely be back.'
Innie had the breakfast bruchetta and a chai latte. She said, 'great spacious café where you can relax and enjoy!'
Katie had the pan-fried snapper with sweetcorn puree and seared scallops and a cocoloco. She said, 'Initially ordered the spicy southern chicken but even with a confirmation they got the order wrong. No matter, the fish and scallops tasted lovely and I'll be back for dinner!'
Mel had the lamb pie and a kola nut soda. She said, 'Love supporting new ventures, these guys have a fab space which is simple but stylish, the food was awesome. My lamb pie was one of the best I've tried in a long time. There were a few service issues but I am sure that this was down to it being so newly opened.'
Joe had the baked eggs and a kola nut soda. He said, 'Great décor, great food, service a bit slow.'
Annie had the capsicum linguini and a flat white. She said, 'The staff are pretty new to this so we can forgive the service not being smooth as.'