The lower half of Sandringham Road used not to be cafe territory, and the "village" is still dominated by good cheap Indian restaurants, 2 dollar shops and Lotto outlets, but Voila! offers a standard cafe, with the extra twist of French crepes and a selection of patisserie. The service, menu and prices are typical of other cafes of this type, with the prices on the upper end of suburban Auckland - but it was humming when we arrived, and only quietened about 10am the people of Sandringham must rise earlier than the rest of central Auckland. As with Eifel en Eden Voila! gets a lot of people calling in for bakery, as well as breakfast customers.
Coffee: good. We could not see the brand identified, but it was organic and fair trade. The barrista was in training, but even so the result was good, with only a slight touch of bitterness betraying a beginner - she was closely supervised ;-) the long black came with a water jug, though not full points for presentation as the jug was metal :( however the decoration of chocolate syrup on the moccachino made up for this small lapse!
Food: Good: Barbara's big breakfast was almost too much, and my mushrooms were big, fat and juicy, and there was plenty of tasty added bacon. (Not as smokey as I like, but that's a rare find nowadays.)
573 Sandringham Rd
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