Having weekend brunches together with friends is one of our favorite things to do here in Welly. Our usual spots are places near the flat, but on some Saturday mornings, J drives us to a place called The Chocolate Frog Cafe. It’s located in a different suburb, and since the traffic here isn’t as horrendous as the one we have in Manila, we often arrive in just a few short minutes.
The Chocolate Frog Cafe is found in the same place where you can buy all the gardening supplies you’ll ever need. There were so many plants and colorful flowers, even I ended up purchasing a few to decorate our flat. Unfortunately, I don’t think it was the best decision since I’ve never been very good at keeping plants alive. At the time of this writing, two out of three of the plants we bought have already withered. Only the prickly succulent remains alive. I honestly feel so bad for them. 🙁
Before the four of us went loco in buying potted plants, though, we first filled our tummies with hefty breakfast items! I love myself a good eggs ben, but when I’m feeling particularly fancy, I go for the Eggs Royale (NZ$17.00). Smoked salmon and sauteed spinach with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce? What’s not to love, right?
I normally go for a cup of Flat White, but I decided to try their hot chocolate the last time we were at the Chocolate Frog. I’m glad I didn’t regret that move. They had some really good hot chocolate that it felt like one serving may not be enough! I let S have all those marshmallow pieces, though. I definitely don’t mind giving those away!
It’s not surprising that S goes for one of the biggest items on the menu during our first visit: the Chocolate Frog Breakfast (NZ$19.50). It was a very filling thing to have, although it didn’t seem to have anything special in itself. If you’re okay with skipping dishes with many different components, we suggest going for the other things on the menu.
The Big Daddy (NZ$14.50) was a little different, and I’d say, much more interesting. The bowl was filled with a generous serving of scrambled eggs mixed with tons of bacon. S had this on our second visit and enjoyed it immensely. A warning: This one is seriously heavy and rich. It’s best shared and enjoyed with something else to break the monotony. Also, let’s not delve too much on the amount of calories this thing packs. Let’s just focus on how good tasting it was. 😉
During one visit, I discovered my fave dish off their menu: the warm Lemon Couscous Salad (NZ$17.50). We arrived almost lunchtime I wasn’t in the mood for eggs and bacon and all the other breakfast staples. This salad was absolutely beautiful, especially when livened up with a squeeze of fresh lemon. The halloumi on top was hands down the icing on the cake. I love the Cypriot cheese so much that it’s always a thrill to see it pop up on restaurant menus. If you’re okay with eating meatless dishes, I highly recommend going for this item from Chocolate Frog Cafe. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 🙂