I’ve been remiss in not reviewing Backstreet Eating on the corner of Napier and Kerr streets. I’ve had several very pleasurable breakfasts there and they deserve some recognition. Last weekend I shared the full English breakfast for two ($28.50) with my girlfriend and we both impressed. It features delicious baked beans, toast, fried eggs, black pudding, sausages, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes (all hidden under the eggs in the photo below).
If you walk past on a weekday you’ll find Ici opposite full, but Backstreet Eating isn’t. Its modern dark fitout is perhaps more subliminally indicative of evenings and dinners than breakfast, though Ici is equally dark inside in the daytime. On a weekend, good luck trying to get into Breakfast Thieves a block away on the corner of Gore and Rose streets, because you usually can’t, but you can always get a table at Backstreet Eating.
It’s a puzzle. Backstreet Eating and Breakfast Thieves are both modern slick looking cafes with excellent food in the ground floors of new apartment buildings, but one is so hot right now and the other apparently isn’t. It’s got nothing to do with the food because I don’t think there’s much between them in terms of the quality of the food or the coffee. They are worthy of your custom.
I gather Backstreet Eating does better at nights because it does dinner and has far less competition then. I’ve not eaten there at night yet but it’s on my list…