Parnell is one of the locations that should have excellent cafes. It’s leafy, central and trendy. And yet, it hasn’t always enjoyed eateries that the swanky location deserves, particularly good brunch locations.
That all changed in 2017 when Winona Forever opened. Parnell got its flagship cafe and Auckland foodies realised there was more breakfast than Big Fry Ups and Eggs Benedict.
Situated a quarter of the way up Parnell Rise, Winona Forever is a bright space with seating crammed into every nook and cranny. A decision seasoned hospitality owners Aaron Carson and Francesca Mazza were likely to be forced into based on the cafe’s popularity. Guests’ eyes are immediately drawn to the beautifully presented cabinet food. Cream doughnuts, slices and other sweet treats tempt and savoury scones, pies and tarts flirt with those after a quick bite and a coffee.
But the star of the show — for those that can stomach something more substantial — is the kitchen menu.
Buckwheat hotcakes, tempura soft shell crab omelettes and other creative flavour inventions prove the confidence and credentials of the kitchen staff. On our visit we tried the Winona take on Eggs Benedict with the K Pop Pork Benedict; a delicious combination of slow-cooked Korean glazed pork belly, roasted apple and fennel poached eggs, apple cider hollandaise and crispy sage.
With one of New Zealand’s best coffee roasters in Supreme to accompany our brunch, this was a visit to remember. Particularly when we grabbed a takeaway flat white and a takeaway caramel slice to keep Winona Forever on our mind and taste buds.
Aucklanders, stop putting up with soggy English Muffins, mass-produced hollandaise and ham masquerading as bacon. Taste better Benedict. Try Winona Forever. The savour that Auckland and Parnell need.
100 Parnell Rd, Auckland NZ
Mon-Fri 7am – 4pm | Sat-Sun 8am – 4pm