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Meilleur

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The cafe wave has finally hit shore with new places opening up in the past few months. Meilleur is the latest new comer and I wouldn’t have known about this place if I had not seen S and M photos on Instagram.

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Soon enough, I caught myself scrolling through their Instagram page and their photos piqued my interest. Having been away from Auckland for so long, I started to miss their cafe scene and any cute place is always welcome as I am trying to train my ‘creative eye’ and make more use of my camera. If I have to wait until I go on another vacation to use it, it will probably sit through an extended hibernation period inside my room.

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The opportunity came knocking at my door when DD contacted me. He happened to be in town for the week while I needed an extra dose of social interaction to distract my brain from all the negative thoughts so a lunch date it was! Plus we needed to make up for our last meet up where half of the platter we ordered was undercooked.

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After all the negativity in the past month, having a genuine conversation with someone who is open minded was a much needed relief. Even though we do have different outlooks when it comes to certain aspects of life, for once in the past few months, I didn’t feel like I was judged for my views or on where I stand. There was mutual respect for each other and we acknowledged the differences as reflections of our individuality. In the end, I didn’t have to compromise my own belief system or plan doubt on myself and that was liberating.

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While my lunch partner was pretty full after his ‘lunch’ prior to meeting me, I was starving so I ended up ordering a plate of Aglio Olio, a glass of mango parfait and a cup of cappuccino. He settled on a plate of french fries and glass of iced tea instead.

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That’s a lot of food to be devoured in a single sitting I know but I couldn’t decide between forgoing the pasta or the parfait. In the end, I convinced myself that the meal would count for both lunch and dinner so the amount of food I ordered was justified. I wasn’t expecting my pasta to come with a tonne of chilli but it wasn’t bad. It was slightly on the oiler side even for Aglio Olio standard but the spiciness wasn’t overwhelming and I could still taste the garlic. I was secretly wishing that they would have used real Parmesan but oh well, I’ll take what I got!

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Parfait is pretty common in the cafe all around New Zealand but it is the new hip item around town. Having a choice between a mango or a dragonfruit parfait, I opted for mango for its subtle tanginess to counterbalance everything else. Nothing extraordinary but it did its job of washing away the greasiness of the pasta and fulfilling a portion of my daily fruit intake.

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And of course, no visit to a cafe is complete without a cup of coffee. It is always a gamble for me to order a cuppa here (cause most of the beans here are too acidic to my liking) but I got lucky this time.

Cheers! Till next time!

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