Wanting to try a new cafe where parking would not be an issue, so we decided to head out of the CBD and into the suburbs. We decided to head to Zus and Zo in Herne Bay with ample street parking , where we managed to find a park right outside the cafe.
The menu is based around the Dutch sandwich. Sweet treats are displayed on the wooden cabinet in the centre of the café. The menu boast the usual brunch items, salads and open sandwiches. You can opt to sit inside or outside on the pavement.
Service is very good, attentive and friendly. The wait staff even asked us if we would like some cracked pepper. One of the wait staff knew we were from out of town and suggested a few places we should visit.
Pan fried halloumi with Roasted Beets – The dressing on the salad was delicious and tangy which was not drenched in salad dressing. Just how I like it. The Halloumi was over cooked for my liking such that it no longer had the squeaky sound when you munch on it. Would have preferred a thicker piece instead of three thin pieces. The red and golden beetroot were delicious, providing that freshness that the salad needed.
House Smoked Salmon Rosti – Salmon was crusty, dried and over cooked. Would have preferred it to be moist as a whole piece. The potato rosti was good and well seasoned with bits of red cabbage, topped with green beans and capers.
One of the waitress came over and ask how the food was. We had a few things to comment about. First that the salmon was dry and crusty and my halloumi was a bit over cooked. The waitress appreciated the feedback and apologised on behalf of the cafe and offered free coffee which I thought was a nice gesture.
Location: 228 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay, Auckland