Great food, lovely decor, pity about the service
Empire Cinema & Eatery – 214 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington
Contents – Two poached eggs on toast with mushrooms, chorizo and bacon.
Price – $22.50
The food – The newly renovated Empire is dual-branded as an ‘eatery’ (which tells you all you need to know about their target market) as well as a cinema. The brunch menu is small but the quality is excellent.
The eggs were perfectly poached, breaking apart with the lightest touch of my fork and running through the thickly cut lightly toasted bread.
Bacon was heaped on in abundance, and beautifully cooked. I don’t know, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it comes from the local and magnificent Island Bay butchery.
The chorizo was the weak link – overly tough, even for chorizo, and some slices were burnt. If I went back, I’d probably get the spinach instead of the chorizo as my final ingredient – I had made a last minute switch away from that plan when I originally ordered.
Lastly, there were some nice big field mushrooms, cooked well and bursting with flavour.
The food came out very quickly, which was a pleasant surprise – we hadn’t even finished our first coffees when our meals arrived at the table.