After our challenging and enjoyable big walk on Sunday – Paekakariki to Pukera Bay Escarpment hill track, lunch was in order. Foodietraveller didn’t really do much research in advance, however hubby was hangry and we weren’t happy with the 3 local cafes, so Eileen quickly googled tripadvisor for us. The Raumati Social club came up as an option. Cool name and a recent dinner party guest had mentioned this. Done. What was another 7 drives up the road to get good food right.
This place wasn’t too busy when we arrived. Unfortunately the only two unoccupied tables outside had no sun and there was only one table that had a tiny bit of sun that a Crossfit couple were enjoying. The wind was freezing so we just had to toughen up and layer up. A shame as the place across the road with no punters had all the sun. It was such a lovely day so dining inside wasn’t an option.
Coffee orders were taken and it was time to choose as we had tummys to fill. They use DarkHorse coffee brand which I’ve never heard of, but it was good. I don’t like being rushed and felt like I did miss some really good things on the menu, as hubby drew my attention to Russian Eggs Bene. So the seed was planted and I must have had my blinkers on to all other meals. OMG how boring. We all ordered the same thing. Not good for blog material right? However the waitress did say ‘Good choice’ – very popular. I also noticed this dish featured prominently on their website. Our meals arrived swiftly and were quickly devoured; poached eggs sat on top of friend potato, spinach, bbq pulled pork with greens, herbs with a Russian dressing. It was mighty tasty. I wished I’d ordered the dressing on the side, as I do with eggs Bene as I don’t need dressing. Oh well.
The rest of the menu was amazing. They serve breakfast til 2pm and then the brunch/lunch from 11am until 4pm. Brekkie options are porridge or muesli with fruit and greek yoghurt, bacon butty, eggs on toast with yummy additional sides; bacon, tomatoes, spinach, black pudding and mushrooms, an open omelette, a complete (large) breakfast with the works, cinnamon brioche with berry compote (bacon- extra), a Bene royal or The Russian Bene. The Brunch/Lunch options they had a quinoa goodness jar. Let me explain this piece of art that Crossfit girl beside us had. It was served in a large Mason jar with roast pumpkin, quinoa, greens, tomatoes, beetroot relish, pickled veges and you can leave as vege only or add sticky pork belly, salmon or halloumi. The only thing I didn’t like was I think 2 large sticks of celery sticking out of it. Don’t get me wrong I like celery but not like that. Other options were beer-battered fish and chips, a Mexican Chimichanga, a Mykonos sammie (grilled veges and halloumi), BBQ pulled pork sammie or open steak sandwhich.
A huge menu right up my alley, they cater for GF and dietary requirements and have done a great job at making sure the paleos and vegetarians are looked after but vegans appear to be limited. I also just glossed over drinks as generally only have a black coffee nowdays, unless I see a Kombucha. Obviously they’ve got a liquor licence you can have an adult thickshake or glass of vino or opt for something non-alcoholic.
They’re open 630am Monday to Friday so must have locals coming in before work and weekends 8am. Plus they’re open for dinner. They do a $10 burger and fries on a Wed. Bargain. And kid’s menu, no chicken nuggets in sight but eggs with bacon, has or mushrooms (ye-ah), a cheese toastie and fish with fries OR salad. Good luck with making your kids choose between fries or salad but great they offer this. Big thumbs up.
As for the inside of this place, it was very kitch. Like an old team rooms with funky furniture. Obviously not everyone’s cup of tea but I thought it was cool and very warm and inviting. If ever in the area again, I’d definitely head here for some social frivolity in Raumati. Service was very friendly too.