Reviews for Catroux
by Candy Boy Food Journey
one month ago
Getting 1 for the service. When you are served completely overcooked soft poached egg (photo) you don't give customer a lesson about different types of poached eggs. First thing you learn working as a chef is that egg needs to be running and first thing you learn as front of a house staff is to accommodate the customer.
Also had to ask for sweetener for 3 times, not hard to figure out that it never arrived.
Ladies sitting next to us got an attitude when asked about arrival of their coffe. Taking into account their plates were almost empty I think it was quite a valid question.
Not coming back!
by Paige Eriwata
one month ago
Ideal for young families as it's often loud and filled with children on weekends. The food is fantastic, service can be a little slow. A generous selection of pre-made sandwiches and salads are on offer in the cabinet as well as a healthy brunch menu created with premium products.
one month ago
I visited this place as there was a group of us for brunch and Meola couldn't accommodate so thought we would give Catroux a try instead.
We managed to make our orders pretty quickly and took a seat on the large table. The coffee came out shortly after - bonus as we had an early morning start and really needed it! It was nice and creamy and while I can't say that it is the best coffee I have had (it was a tad bit over extracted) but it was drinkable. The food didn't take too long after that too and I had ordered the Mexican and boy was it salty! I didn't really enjoy it much which was a shame because it had sounded so good that a few of us ordered it and had the same issue with it.
It's a cute little cafe, and I think that the wait staff were friendly and we didn't feel rushed even though the cafe was filling up with mums on their after morning runs. I wouldn't go back as it is a bit out of the way for us so it would have to be that good for us to consider it. Unfortunately that wasn't the case so I'll chalk it up to experience!
6 months ago
I come here for the salads for healthy options and they do taste nice. Coffee is a bit hit and miss.
10 months ago
Always have a sensational range of mouth watering food available behind the cabinet and also one the best menus for a cafe! Now that people realise it is one of the top cafes in Auckland it is getting hard finding a table :-) My favourite at the moment is the Mexican!
10 months ago
Very underwhelmed with the service.
My salad came out looking and tasting like a dog's breakfast and 2yo's pie was cold. When I told waitress she said "oh". Husband we joke is a human waste disposal as he eats anything and everything and even he wouldn't touch it. They got the coffee order completely wrong.
Left feeling very underwhelmed, disappointed and hungry. Won't be back.
by Khaled Masroujeh
10 months ago
Very nice cool place, love going there for breakfast on the weekends, my personal favourite is the fresh salad range that they make daily.
love this place. thumbs up
by Mairi Herbert
Mar 19, 2014
We had ventured to Catroux not long after it opened and we were impressed with the coffee & the eggs first time round, so there have been a few return vists to this lovely, light air space in Westmere. It really is a lovely spot. Simple elegance prevails with whitewashed walls & floor to ceiling windows making it bright & light on a sunny Auckland morning. I love the simplicity & it certainly allows the giant bowls of salads & pretty cakes to shine. They are certainly tempting.
Even at 7:45 on a Friday morning it was busy but we secured our table. The breakfast menu is a little different, fresh & seasonal with their own twist. I was tempted by the omelette. This particular variation was roasted red pepper, goat cheese & caramelised onion. Very very tempting & too much for my breakfast buddy to resist. And I love the energiser; smoked salmon, avocado, cottage cheese, toasted pimpernickel, rocket, pickled beetroot & olive oil. It nourishes & rejuvenates. The pimpernickel is the star, wonderfully rich and dark , with a little treacly sweetness
This time however I was lured by a newbie on the breakfast menu; the scramble. No ordinary scramble, like I said Catroux likes to put their own unique twist on things. This scramble is soft scrambled egg with za'atar prawns, feta & spring onion. Who would have thought, right ? But it works, creamy scramble, sweet prawns, sharp feta & fresh spring onions all come together wonderfully.
The staff are friendly and full of smiles & that combined with fresh, seasonal delicious food makes it one of Auckland’s perfect spots for breakfast or brunch & that is why we keep going back for more.
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by Yummy Auckland
Nov 28, 2013
Delicious, fresh and creative meals in an elegant environment! We've visited Catroux several times and think it's a wonderful cafe. The service can be a little hit and miss, but we love the menu. Recommend the fresh juices! Lots of options for things from the cabinet as well, such as salads, cakes, slices and filled rolls. For information and pictures, check out our blog: http://yummyauckland.com/2013/09/15/catroux-2/
by Paul Viskovich
Oct 23, 2013
Nice setup. Clean and tidy. Coffee is ok but there is a large selection of quick stuff in the display cabinet. Worth a visit.
by Kate Corbett
Sep 03, 2013
Frequently come here to pick up lunch to takeaway on the weekend. The salads and sandwiches are so good and great selection. Can't come here too late on a sat as you miss out though as I have a couple of times. They do nice fresh juices too.
Staff are always friendly and service is quick.
by Katie Stoliker
Aug 13, 2013
Had lunch here today. Was quite underwhelmed by the service. Noone greeted us first of all. I know I can be a bit difficult to cater to as I have a gluten and dairy allergy but when asking what on the menu I would be able to eat, all I was told was to have gf toast with eggs. After enquiring about the potato/egg/bean salad I was told it was gluten free but contained dairy. After asking what dairy was in it, it was only eggs. Well eggs are not actually dairy so maybe the staff should be a little more informed or question the chef a little more in depth as she was very unhelpful trying to help me find something I could have. It was really nice food and coffee though in the end.
Jul 26, 2013
We experienced bad service here today. When the surly barista came with my coffee he couldn’t be bothered to come and place it in front of me – he placed it half way down the long table. I had ordered a pie which just needed to be heated. The café wasn’t busy so when we had finished everything else and there was still no sign of the pie I had to ask for my money back. We won’t waste money coming here again.
Mar 05, 2013
Gorgeous Energizer breakfast is to die for. Lovely menu, smiley staff, good service. My kind of perfect. My partners omelette with chorizo and vine tomatoes also tasty, well cooked and beautifully presented. So nice to find such an inspiring menu.
by Donna Ridler
Nov 25, 2012
Six adults arrived at Catroux for brunch. We were there for 45 minutes waiting for a table and would have been happy to wait longer, unfortunately we were totally ignored by the staff. The result... we left and went across the road instead.
Oct 08, 2012
Arrived in the Sunday rush hour, After a wait in a long queue to order. Finally, We got a table. Expected another long wait for the food. However, shortly after coffee was served (my coffee was awesome by the way), the food came really fast and looked amazing, lots of passion . My kumara rosti was just yummy...Thanks Catroux for a lovely morning and absolutely will come back again.
by Ben M
Oct 02, 2012
Catroux is amazing. Best Cafe to pop up in Auckland for a long time. The service is always friendly, food always consistent and yummy and the coffee is awesome. I love how the menu changes every season! I am there almost every 2nd weekend, it is so popular but definitely worth the wait for a table. The treat cabinet is to die for, and I think the pink lamingtons are an essential entree to every meal haha. Delicious. Love Catroux.
Sep 29, 2012
No idea what the fuss is all about with Catroux. It was a pretentious cafe full of lack lustre food and average service.
We ordered the eggs benedict - nothing special just the usual eggs bene you get an any old cafe these days. We made a big deal about asking for water when we ordered to which we were informed it would be brought to our table shortly. Shortly was 20 mins before one of us got up and asked again for it at the counter. After the water 'incident' we started getting a more friendlier, efficient service. Unfortunately, for us the food was a big let down. Wouldn't bother coming here again - plenty of other great cafe's around
by David Boshier
May 28, 2012
We did arrive at 9.30 on a Sunday right in the middle of the peak rush. Luckily we did get a table but there was a long wait for coffee.
The Power Breakfast was fresh/tasty and was a great way to start a Sunday. The only let down was the coffee which tasted burnt. Maybe it was just a one off.
Worth a look as there are other options close if they are really busy.
Mar 28, 2012
I actually love Catroux. Since it opened a last year I have been at least once a weekend. I have introduced all of my friends/visiting family to it and it is universally loved all around. The food is beautiful and fresh, the coffee is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and I have always found the staff to be incredibly friendly (many people are greeted by name), fast and efficient. Living in a city such as Auckland where there are more eateries than people, Catroux shines. It is a must to visit. DO IT.
Mar 27, 2012
I really like the food here have been quite a few times as I regularly go to the butcher next door however the service is the pits! There is a blond young female who runs the place who is just rude and acts like she is doing us a favour by serving us. It's a shame as the food is delicious. Coffee just ok.
by Loulou Ngaei
Feb 08, 2012
I'm dying to try Catroux. I went at Waitangi weekend but it was sooo full we couldn't get a seat. Bad timing, disappointed, but I'll be back! The array of beautiful homemade cakes and pastries was mouth watering - particularly the huge raspberry Lammingtons, yum! There are a few tables outside and a little sandpit out the back so were lots of Mums and kids there. the white fit out is really styley and I love the neon sign out front. I'm looking forward to being able to eat here!
Nov 02, 2011
Fabulous brunch spot, something for everyone - Plum Tart, Westmere Sausage, Scrambled Eggs and Scones were all raved about at our table. The coffee was the best I've had in months. The atmosphere was relaxed, I see a "Friends" type cafe in the making!
by Tania Hack
Sep 08, 2011
Great new café. Love the freshness of the white on white interior. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Fantastic range of food - all the salads I tried were delicious. Delicious cakes and sweet things as well. Definitely a new favourite.
by Mike Marshall
Sep 01, 2011
Great new Cafe in Westmere in the old Alelie site (next to the butcher) !! Awesome food and People's coffee makes a nice change. Everything is a little bit different here which is quite refreshing. Only been open a couple of weeks but the number of people going through tells me its got legs. Try the Westmere sausage on brioche with mushroom jus for breakfast. Awesome
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