I have always wanted to try this place out partly due to the fact I have a soft spot for bikes and and coffee. York St mechanics is a quite a unique cafe for cafes in Auckland, as it houses a motorcycle workshop out the back and a cafe out the front.
You definitely cannot smell any grease or sparks from the workshop and the cafe is certainly clean, light and airy even though mechanics come first where hand built custom motorbikes are created, their body-work lovingly had-beaten on site, second the cafe.
York St Mechanics offers a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the high street, with an intimate, cozy and relaxing atmosphere. What is so good about this place is that it is actually bigger inside that what it looks from the outside. As you walk deeper inside you will notice the various types of motorcycles and paraphillia littered around the cafe. The cafe is not well sign posted from afar. But those in the know will certainly know where it is. Now with Al Brown’s Best Ugly Bagels right next door, you can just tell everyone it is next to ‘Best Ugly Bagels in New Market’.
York St Mechanics is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so there is no need to rush for your lunch/brunch fix. I arrived to a some beautiful live music which was too loud nor offending.
Flat White – Coffee beans are by Supreme, a local Wellington roaster which is also one favourite roasters. The coffee was nicely done with a double shot espresso, smooth and velvety milk that is brewed to the right temperature. The picture on top was ok however I noticed a lot of bubbles in the milk which is due to the air being exposed when frothing the milk.
Salmon Cakes w champagne ham, poached egg, miso hollandaise and green salad. the dish was nicely presented with the inclusion of the pumpkin puree at the bottom with a sublet miso hollandaise. Unfortunately the salmon cake was not what I was expecting. I was expecting something more rustic with chunky bits of salmon and potato. The salmon cake turned out to be a potato cake with tiny bits of salmon throughout which was a a fairly wet potato cake which was on the verge of sliding apart. Apart from the disappointing salmon cake everything else was delicious and nicely seasoned.
Being able to sit amongst motor bikes while eating lunch is something unique and different to the usual cafe decor you would come to expect. Accompanied with good service and live music. I recommend this place if you are looking for somewhere different to go to or for those motor-heads inside of you.
Location: 3 York St, New Market, Auckland