I was delighted to learn that finally Wellington was getting an ugly bagel joint in funky Swan Lane. I visited the outfit in Auckland and just loved my bagel and coffee for breakfast, about 4 years ago. Sadly my tummy or GI levels can’t cope generally with traditional bagels, so I avoid them like the plague. But these are a little more ( dangerously) lighter and crunchier, and seem to be a bit more easily digested.
These little Mammas are punched, rolled, and baked in a Manuka- smoked woodfire. Al Brown spent a few years in Montreal perfecting the bagel craft and thanks to him, we get to eat his creations. Don’t judge them by their ugly appearance though as beauty is only skin deep right?!
I proposed a lunch date with girlfriend and we were both so excited that we started devouring our ugly babies, before I realised I had forgotten my photography! Get with the programme foodietraveller! So sorry but you get to see only ‘alf of the most popular Classic Yodi; pastrami, habanero mustard, grilled Swiss cheese with a pickle. Girlfriend gambled on the T.A.B; tomato, avo, basil and lemon olive oil. We could have ordered a second they were so good, but we chose to be good. They are so delish and the spread choices are amazing and locally sourced e.g. Pic’s peanut butter, Te Horoscope raspberry jam, Zany Zeus cream cheese, and Marmite. Marmite? No Vegemite?. Their sweet Banarama bagel sounds heavenly; banana, maple marscapone, chocolate fudge sauce and peanuts for dessert or brekkie! The other Classic options are yummy sounding too; a mix of avo, bacon and eggs, tuna, salmon. You can also buy packs of naked bagels and dress them accordingly! They offer a range of cold drinks or coffee to accompany your bagel fix.
This is a fun place for a quick, cheap bite and the staff are friendly. You will laugh when your order, as the entire staff repeat it in unison. It somehow reminded me of the tv programme “Cheers”. Cheers Big Bagel Ears.