Sunday, December 14, 2008

Voila, Sandringham Road


I hate to follow up a deliciously devastating review with a bland praise-heaping one but we had a pretty good meal at the Moroccan-French cafe in Sandringham, so sorry for snores... but there was this weird dude who insisted on sitting at the same table as me. Pictured here is his demonstration of coffee coinosseur stirmanship. He was also wearing a sweatshirt that resembled a grey marshmallow. When people dress like confectionery, it's hard to say no.
This was my Eggs Benedict with Salmon on a Spinach-filled gallete. Your eyes do not deceive you, that is a salmon steak resting on the parcel with poached egg and hollandaise heaped on top - an unusual and welcome luxury in a land of paltry salmon shavings.

Weird Dude's breakfast of mushroom/caramellized onion filled omelette, a thoughtful balance of the savoury and sweet.

Exquisite lemon tart, big enough for two.

My Long Black, their coffee is supplied by Supreme, an Auckland-based roaster; the owner told us they had been through several suppliers until they settled with Supreme. Great service, the pastry here deserves definite props - this place is filled to the brim and then some on weekends so visit on a weekday if you can.

13 comments:

550ml jar of faith said...

Nice to see you back Poppy Seed, with your magical sprinkling of Auckland's best! Luxurious breakfasts to the fore!

Allie said...

The lemon tart makes me drool.
Drooling...

ck lam said...

Good to know that Poppy Seed is back as its been a while since I see her last post.
The coffee is tempting...but yet to have the chance to try out this type of coffee.

J2Kfm said...

poppy seed? oh ... this is a shared blog?! whoops.

now only i know. =P

anyway, salmon and hollandaise. perfect.

Duckie said...

oh .. yummy!!!

CUMI & CIKI said...

four words.. Eggs Benedict Yeah Baby!

For a strange dude, he sure was cool about you taking shots of his food.... grwwwl... haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

did the weird dude let u try his food too?

backStreetGluttons said...

then again his misrepresentation of james Bond is quite impressive minus the long gun

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Poached eggs with hollandaise sauce...yum!! Did you try that weird dude's food? :P

Poppy Seed said...

Hello all! Yes I did try his food, it was good! He's weird but not evil. There aren't that many seats to go around in Voila, which is a testament to the food on offer. I will endeavour to document more breakfasts and french pastries, which is my buzz at the moment. Let me know if you have any NZ-specific requests, nothing compares to Malaysian food as you would well know but for sheer novelty's sake, I'd be happy to oblige. In the meantime, I will start compiling my list of things-to-eat-in-Malaysia for my February trip!

Big Boys Oven said...

looks so delicious!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Love your description of the stranger. Love his expression too!

gnute said...

That eggs benedict is amazing!