So we’re in town on a Friday Night and just finishing having dinner and I am craving for simple but good dessert – chocolate cake to be precise. Scouring around Wellington trying to think who does good counterfood lead me to two places. Fidel’s and Midnight Espresso, whom both are two Wellington institutions which have been around for some time.
Midnight Espresso have been around since 1988 and is one of Wellington’s oldest and iconic cafe serving vegan food.
Midnight Espresso is a vegan cafe offering a good selection of counterfood which is consistently good aswell as good cheap coffee.
The atmosphere is very relaxed with a mix of patrons from you tatooed bogans, to suits to students to retired people who want somewhere that is quieter than a pub to hang out and talk for as long as they want without the feeling that you are unwanted.
The atomsphere is grungy with fliers on the walls, a pinball machine, and interesting artworks (paintings).
Vegan Chocolate Cake – Dark, slightly heavy like a mud cake texture, lighter than I had expected since no eggs are used in making this cake with a nice chocolate granache. We were asked if we wanted cream or yoghurt with our cake. I opted for the slightly healthier version and went with yoghurt.
The serving size of the cake was fairly large, in which Plus 1 and I could not finish, partially due to the fact that we had quite a large dinner and we had ran out of yoghurt to go with our cake. The yoghurt was a delicious thick creamy greek yoghurt which went very well with the cake.
Piccolo Coffee – Havana Coffee beans are used here, which is generally a darker stronger roast than the other coffee beans that I favour. It takes them no time at all to make my coffee. At some places, coffee could take a reasonable amount of time, especially those who do not make coffee regularly. These guys churns them out like filling a glass with water. The coffee was delicious and did not have the bitterness that I expecting from these beans.
Strawberry Squeeze Smoothie consisting of strawberries, apples and pineapple. The smoothies are made to order. Cool and refreshing which taste quite nice with the right balance of pineapple and apples.
Will definitely be back to try other counterfood items as they look absolutely delicious. Both food and coffee is relatively cheap compared to other cafes. So please do not tell everyone as I do not want them to raise their prices the next time I visit :).
As its name sake, they are open very early in the mornings right up until 3am in the mornings where you can enjoy good coffee and food at all hours of the day.
Location: 178 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington