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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!