09 March 2010

Kreuzberg Summer Cafe

Aside from a brief (4-day!) stint in the capital city in February, my Summer Away From Wellington has been carrying on steadily. If you follow me on Twitter you might have read about my travels to the States and Brazil*, but I haven't been as good about posting updates from the road here on the blog. But! Worry not, dear readers (if there are any of you left!) - in less than two weeks I make my return to Wellington. And with Florence back from Vietnam, for the first time in months, both of this blog's co-authors will be in the same place at the same time, so coverage of our favourite eating experiences should resume as per usual!

As much as I've enjoyed travelling around, I can't wait to get back to my own kitchen, my favourite haunts and, fingers crossed, the tail end of the summer sunshine. OK, so technically it's autumn, but Metservice tells me there's still plenty of sun left in the forecast. Before it runs out, I want to share one of my new favourite places to bask in the sun, Kreuzberg Summer Cafe.

I've only been there a handful of times, but this outdoor cafe, located at the top of Cuba St in a former car yard, has that perfect Wellington-summer laid-back vibe that made me fall in love instantly.

Food and drinks are served out of a caravan, the cafe seating is on brightly painted picnic tables (a second caravan provides "indoor" seating), and the coffee comes in colourfully mismatched vintage cups and saucers.

The flat white ($3.50) was superb - the flavour and strength of the People's Coffee espresso held its own against the almost sweet creaminess of the milk - this is one coffee that definitely doesn't need added sugar, folks.

I had the yellow sunshine burger ($9.50): haloumi, caramelised onion, mayonnaise and fresh veggies in between tender Turkish bread. I'm such a fan of haloumi that I might be a bit biased, but this may well rank among the top 3 burgers I've had over the past year. The salty greasiness of the cheese was well-matched by the onions and mayo, but the bit that pulled it all together, in my opinion, was the cool crunch of the cucumber. Outstanding.

Wanting to try some of the sweeter options, I chose a mini caramel slice ($1). This bite-sized portion is a genius idea; I mean, way to break down the barriers to temptation (it's only a little slice...)! The slice itself was tasty but I found the caramel filling more russian fudge-y than caramelly. I'm still undecided as to whether that really detracts from its quality, though.

The blueberry muffin ($3.50) teetered on the oily side, but I'd take that over an over-dry muffin any day. It was soft, sweet and had that characteristic blueberry-muffin-batter vanilla-y taste - a definite plus.

Kreuzberg is the kind of place that I expect will come to define "Wellington on a good day" over the years. It seems to be actively becoming part of the eclectic Cuba St scene, hosting live music and the Cuba St Night Market on Fridays. It's vegetarian-friendly, the coffee is fair trade and much of the food & drink come from local and/or organic suppliers. On a sunny afternoon in Wellington, Kreuzberg may just well be the place to be.

Kreuzberg Summer Cafe
Cnr Cuba & Webb St
Te Aro
(021) 119-6257
Open 7 days, 7:30am-sunset

*For those of you who are interested, I'm posting photo highlights from Brazil, NYC and Chicago here


Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I always walk past this place whenever I go to the asian supermarket on Torrens Tce - but because it's so close to home I almost feel bad, like in five seconds I could have my own coffee for free. But...that halloumi burger looks incredible and I'm very taken with their tiny $1 caramel slice...Plus I love the way they occupy that space on the corner. Next sunny day I will have to pay them a visit.

Hope you're both enjoying your travels - sounds so exciting!!

Kate said...

I had the same burger on friday (finally! the last 2 or 3 times I tried to order it they'd run out of haloumi, sadface) and it was THE BOMB. But I don't think it had cucumber in it. However, this is ok by me.

Nigel Olsen said...

Droool! Haloumi burger good! Haloumi's a winner at the best of times, but this looks mean! By the way, beershake experiment now underway...

millie mirepoix said...

Laura- haha, you have such good restraint. I'm the opposite with places close by... which is bad news for my wallet I suppose!

Kate- Even though I was so taken with the cucumber I can imagine it'd still be pretty awesome without. Haloumi = Love.

Nigel- Yeah, haloumi's always a winner. I'm excited to know how the beershake goes! Someone I know recently posted pictures on facebook of a beer float, too... or perhaps it was stout. Promising either way :)

Anonymous said...

This food looks fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Wow I dont believe I've even seen this place... will have to look out for it.

I've just bought myself some haloumi to fry up at some point! It's just I've been struggling a little to fit my dresses + pants lately... :-$

Looking forward to you both posting more regularly again!

Happy travels meanwhile :-) :-)

millie mirepoix said...

Moon Over Martinborough- yes, I can't wait to go back :)

Mel- thanks! yeah, haloumi is a killer. But so so good :D

Lou said...

Im up for a haloumi burger, or haloumi salad this Saturday if the weather is good, it has become my Sat arvo retreat with the tamariki! Here is my v. short post about it: http://domesticscene.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/weekend-mornings-kreuzberg-summer-cafe/

millie mirepoix said...

Lou- the weather has been all over the place lately, so I hope it's nice on Saturday! The haloumi salad is so yum too. Thanks for the link to your blog, too - nice to see your take on it! Great photos too :)

Michelle said...

This place is awesome - i tried their sausage sandwhich (not sure of the exact name) and it was awesome.. i didnt even realise it was vegetarian until after i scoffed the whole thing.. soo good!!! and home-made fizzy (like you got when your a kid).. its just great!!