Willow Cafe (Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand)

Discover culinary delights at Willow Cafe in Albany, Auckland. Gourmet a-la-carte & cabinet foods, extensive coffee selection. Best cafe in Albany 2015. Indulging in culinary delights at Willow Cafe! 🍽️☕ From savory Breakfast Baps to delightful Almond Croissants, each bite is a journey of flavour. #WillowCafe #AlbanyEats

Nestled amidst the bustling office buildings of Albany/Rosedale, Willow Cafe beckons with its modern ambiance and sunlit interiors. As a self-proclaimed food enthusiast, I couldn’t resist the allure of this acclaimed establishment, touted as the best cafe in Albany, Auckland North by Metro Magazine in 2015.

Arriving for a leisurely breakfast, I was immediately drawn to the extensive selection of gourmet offerings displayed in the cafe’s cabinets. Opting to sample a variety of delights, I embarked on a culinary journey that promised to tantalize my taste buds.

The Breakfast Bap, adorned with a fried egg, bacon, aioli, and mesclun tomato relish, greeted me with its enticing aroma. While the bread boasted a delightful crunch, I couldn’t help but long for a more generous filling to complement its savory exterior.

Next on my tasting agenda was the Almond Croissant, a classic pastry infused with nutty flavours. Despite its pleasing taste, I couldn’t shake the disappointment of its preparation in a sandwich press, resulting in a lacklustre texture that failed to fully capture the essence of this beloved treat.

However, redemption came in the form of the Pork Belly Ciabatta, a culinary masterpiece that exuded notes of char siu and boasted a tantalizing flavour profile. Paired with the cafe’s signature Iced Mochaccino, Long Black, and Cappuccino, each sip transported me to coffee nirvana, offering a perfect balance of richness and indulgence.

In addition to its culinary offerings, Willow Cafe impressed with its impeccable service and cozy ambiance. While the overall dining experience left me satisfied, I couldn’t help but acknowledge the disparity between the cafe’s accolades and the average quality of its fare, which honestly you can prepare the same, if not better quality at home.

Willow Cafe stands as a beacon of culinary innovation in Albany, Auckland, offering a diverse array of gourmet delights amidst a welcoming atmosphere. While certain aspects of the dining experience fell short of expectations, the cafe’s commitment to quality and service is evident, making it a worthwhile destination for casual dining and coffee enthusiasts alike.

Willow Cafe
Address: 42 Tawa Drive, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
Phone: +649 414 6297

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  • I love breakfast cafes although we don't go out to eat for breakfast very often. Any time I can get an almond croissant next to a breakfast sandwich and coffee...well, let's just say that's my happy spot!

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