Tucked down a mirrored corridor, you would be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed Chuffed as you walked down Auckland CBD’s High Street. Seats will be far and few between when more people find this café which bursts with personality and impressive food.
Walking in, Chuffed appears small but this is certainly not reflected in the efforts of the café in everything from staff and food to the décor. Unique murals around the café by Auckland artist Erin Forsyth illustrate the quirky urban vibe of the café.
The wait staff were polite and knowledgable about the menu, while still giving you time to ponder your pickings. We felt very relaxed even though we got the last seat in the café.
Despite the busyness, we were seated promptly outside in the sunny courtyard. The space was warm and inviting with the outdoor fireplace roaring on the crisp winter’s day.
The warmth carries through to the coffee which Chuffed places strong emphasis on.
Chief barista and owner Scott Mclean is passionate about a good brew and it really is quite impressive. Chuffed serve a variety of brewing methods, including pour-over, cold-drip and batch brew. McLean wants to create his own coffee blend very soon.
Not only is their coffee good but their hot chocolate made with fair trade organic cocoa, served with house made marshmallows are a step away from your average café’s hot choc option. The marshmallows were little pillows of joy.
Chuffed has a delightful looking cabinet, offering a collection of sweet and savoury treats.
However, those who choose to dine in get to truly experience the menu’s ever-changing seasonal offerings.
Head chef James Kenny brings his experience from Paris bistros, cheffing under Gordon Ramsay in London, and running his own tapas bar in Melbourne.
Our food was served quickly with beautiful presentation like pieces of art to rival the murals themselves.
We ordered cardamon poached pear on buckwheat granola, with citrus yoghurt and lemon thyme syrup ($14). Just enough of everything on the plate while still having a portion size worthy of the price.
We also ordered the house made crumpets with blackberry compote, ricotta and golden syrup ($15). The sharpness of the ricotta paired with the golden syrup was a perfect match. The crumpets themselves were the ideal fluffy texture and not too dense. If sweet is not your thing, these crumpets also come with salmon and avocado.
You can certainly see why Chuffed was recognised as one of the Metro Top 50 Cafes in the CBD in 2014 which is reason enough to make High Street your top spot for lunch again.
Open: Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
43 High Street