On the weekend, Laura and I dropped by Bolaven on Mt. Eden road. We’d read about their dinner menu in the NZ Herald’s Viva and thought a visit for our favourite meal (brunch of course) would be worthwhile.

Parking was easy and we were welcomed through the door before choosing a seat at one of several free tables. We felt the café was very tranquil, with lots of natural light and soft colours, and we liked the artistic flower arrangements and elegant light fittings.

The menu offers daily specials and has a Southeast Asian twist. The most unusual option for breakfast would be the sticky rice with fried eggs and jeow mak len (lao tomato sauce), and for lunch, the beef or vege pho (noodles). If you’re looking for a treat to accompany your morning coffee, you will find a tantalising selection at the counter, which included hummingbird cakes and éclairs on the day of our visit.

Leaning more towards the breakfast side of brunch, we went for the crunchy Bolaven Muesli with coconut yoghurt and fruit ($13), a pair of perfectly poached eggs on toast with ginger butter and a side of salmon ($17) and to share, we couldn’t go past an amazing plate of soft, brioche French Toast with pear and ginger syrup ($15). Laura also tried one of the dairy-free green smoothies made from ingredients that change daily ($7).

Efficient service, chic interior and an inspired menu, we think it is an exciting addition to the area. Trying out their lunch and dinner options is on our to-do list!

Laura & Victoria x

Location: 597 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden. Open for Breakfast, brunch & lunch: 7.30am – 4.00pm Mon – Fri , 8.00am – 4.00pm Sat – Sun. Dinner: 5.30pm – onwards Thu – Sat. Outdoor seating and take bookings. Contact: (09) 631 7520,












2 thoughts on “Bolaven

  1. Really like the look of your review site. Always up for a good treat on the weekend. Just letting you know that pho actually means noodles. So when you say Pho with noodles, it means noodles with noodles =P

    I would change to Beef or Vege Pho (noodles). Also note that the soup in Pho is made with beef bones, so Vege Pho might not be vegetarian.

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