If your craving for brunch is insatiable, Hello Sunday is the place to go. Situated in a cottage with a gabled roof and verandah in bustling Sydenham, the building Hello Sunday calls home was established in the 1870s and operated as a post office before becoming a Baptist Church Sunday School. In its current form as a café, Hello Sunday harkens back to its heritage – which is great to see in the city.
Inside, the building feels anything but old. Though cosy in size, light streams in from the Victorian windows, illuminating the white walls, wooden floors and tables configured in interesting arrangements to maximise the space. We were seated at a little table that was comfortable and warm, in a space with plants hanging above. The courtyard would be a lovely place to sit in warmer weather, especially by the garden overflowing with herbs.
We spoke with the co-owner, Chris, who set up Hello Sunday five years ago with his business partner and said it had become “bigger than anyone expected.'' We got the feeling he often chats with customers, and that he likes the community a loyal customer base can foster. Even so, his vision has always been all about food made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and creating new recipes that push the boundaries a little bit.
To that end, the menu changes seasonally at Hello Sunday – in fact, it had been changed two days prior to our visit to include some old favourites and new offerings. The eggs Benedict we ordered arrived quickly, stacked into a stylish work of art. The eggs were poached to perfection and loaded with lots of greenery and seeds. Crispy rashers of bacon peeked out from underneath, and, to accommodate those with food allergies or sensitivities, the gluten free option was served on a potato rosti instead of toast.
Thanks to Hello Sunday, there is a place in Christchurch to satiate those looking for brunch and coffee done well. Here, the old blends seamlessly with new ideas amidst the fresh, clean ambience here. What’s more, the staff are all relentlessly friendly, despite how busy they are. You’d be wise to ring ahead and book a table here if you’re looking to swing by on a weekend – but even if you don’t, it’s well worth the wait.
6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, 8023