Reviews for Clear Water Peak Cafe
by A Food Awakening
one month ago
After seeing the beautiful food photos online, I had to try Clear Water Peak. I googled the address and realised its another new cafe on Ponsonby Road. My friends and I tried this new eatery on a quiet Monday lunch and when we arrived I realised, I've been here before HA! Clear Water Peak is the old Landreth & Co. After speaking with the waitress she said its the same owners, just with a new name and a new spruced up menu.
This is a great place to be on a cold windy day. Its small, cosy and fitted with heaters. The food has definitely had a makeover. The food is presented so beautifully and the plates were heated too - which is great for a winters day!
The food we ordered overall was relatively tasty. There are just a couple things they could work on. The meatballs sauce lacked a bit of oomph and just had a bit too much tomato paste. The swedish sandwich was nice but it just lost a bit of its texture with a bit too much mayo. Nothing to fault with the Salt beef toast - aka a Reuben sandwich, the sauce which was in was absolutely delicious and addictive. The banana smoothie was $7 which is fair and was one of the best smoothies I've had. It wasn't too cold and the LSA in it really added to its flavour .. A+. I think one other thing we all agreed on, the size of the meals were a bit small for the price.
The waitress was friendly so great service! Its great for a warm hideaway in Ponsonby.
Value for Money: Average
4 months ago
Love this little spot, a must in Ponsonby.
The food and coffee are consistently above par, and the service is excellent.
Sitting in the courtyard on a sunny morning for breakfast is bliss.
9 months ago
Tried this place with deal voucher. The food was excellent, and the coffee too. customer service a bit slow, but maybe because the cafe is busy.
by Carl Eastwood
Apr 13, 2013
The Ponsonby area is very crowded place as far as cafes go and standing out can't be easy. Landreth & Co. is a nice looking cafe with a nice semi-outside area at the back.
Unfortunately the food just doesn't live up to our standards. We've eaten breakfast there twice now and both times have been pretty disappointing. The food is quite bland and overpriced for what you get. And the smoothies are very over priced. The coffee was ok but then most of the cafes serve good coffee.
I don't think we'll be back.
by Monica Chen
Feb 16, 2013
Nice little place to go for breakfast/lunch with a cozy courtyard at the back that has a nice atmosphere. Service was average as one waitress seemed a little incompetent but maybe she was new, though the rest were fine with meals arriving at a good time. Food was well presented, portions were good and tasted decent but not amazing, though I felt it was a little over priced for the quality of food.
by Jax B
Dec 12, 2012
We love this place. It's become our regular in ponsonby.
Quiet and unpretentious but still sophisticated in design, staff that care, great courtyard, good food and drinks... what else do you need?? If only they stayed open a smidge later!
by Gen M
Aug 18, 2012
A visit to Landreth is always a lovely outing. It's the perfect place to meet friends for lunch or catch-up over coffee (if you can get a seat!) and sometimes I treat myself to lunch there just by myself in the middle of the week as a special treat to relax and unwind a bit with the paper. Meals are yum yum yum - I love the caesar salads and dill potatoes. A friend visiting from Wellington recently proclaimed the big brekkie to be the best anywhere! And they make excellent coffee.
(My only issue is that meals are a little inconsistent - eg. one day the caesar salad was amazing, but the next day just average)
by Richard Jessep
Aug 15, 2012
The best cafe in Auckland.....please, please don't tell anyone...! The brunch menu is fantastic.....Swedish sandwich excellent and the best big breakfast in NZ....hands down. The staff are great, and although a bit cramped, it has a great atmosphere....
Jul 08, 2012
Pro: nice atmosphere, great food, 1 hr free wifi
Con: Could be open a bit longer
I was really impressed after my last visit. The meals were so yummy, amazingly presented and a great change from the standard stuff. Staff was attentive and friendly.
I heard that they have hard plastic bonus cards, which I guess has pros and cons in comparison to the paper stamp cards.
I liked seeing fair-trade sugar and organic local drinks. Not sure if they use any other organic ingredients?
4pm is a good start and much better than other cafes. I still think it could be open much longer.
Jun 10, 2012
Went here for brunch on Sunday, was very busy and we had to wait about 15 mins for a table (though we didn't mind).
Good service and the coffee was really well done.
Food was not too bad, we had eggs with salmon and the ginger pancakes. Pancakes a little bit pricey at $17.50 for 3 smallish sized pancakes and small scoop of ice cream, in my opinion though.
by Karen Gibson
Apr 26, 2012
The food was stunning. "Dill potatoes" were amazingly good: Poached free-range eggs with fried dill potatoes, garlic yoghurt, watercress and burnt sage butter. The coffee was top-notch too.
I sampled a piece of my partner's parsnip & rosemary risotto hash... which was delectable. Who knew a hint of parsnip could be so delicious? described on the menu as: "Breaded risotto cake with parsnip, rosemary & Parmesan served with roast baby beetroot, field mushrooms, watercress, poached egg and hollandaise sauce"... it hadn't appealed to me... but next time I go back, that's what I'll be having!
But... I had to knock off a star... Why? Well... there were two very helpful waitresses... but a third one - who was our main waitress for the first half of the meal - was so unsmiling and blistering with negative energy that I was really taken aback at her highly irritated demeanor. My dad, who is the kindest soul... vocalized his empathy that she must be having a really hard day... and she softened a tad after that! But really... I was uncomfortable with her manner. (Dad said, perhaps she's just had some awful family news. I said, or perhaps she's just had a late night out?)
Regardless, it was an outstanding meal. My pre-schooler loved having some crayons & an activity sheet on the back of the kids menu.
The outdoor covered courtyard was really nicely presented, and had a great feel to it, and apart from the chill-wind blowing in from that one waitress, it was a pleasant temperature on an Autumn afternoon.
Cleanly kept, stunning food, and good for kids. We had a lovely time.
Mar 09, 2012
Sorry to say the food was average and the service even worse.
A table of 8 adults and one toddler - our meals all came at different times and the kids meal came out last.
One would think feeding the child first would be simple common sense.
I was drawn to the whole free range thing but to be honest it was over priced and I don't think any of us would go back.
by Kay Adams
Feb 15, 2012
After looking up and down the street for somewhere nice to go for brunch, this was the cafe that stood out the most. The menu was not plain, which is rare to find now. Great table service for a busy little cafe. Had a savoury muffin which had a delicious home made relish and my big breakfast was hands down the BEST I have had. My friend had the breakfast salad which is a funky unique dish and loved it. Very highly recommended
by David Boshier
Feb 03, 2011
They do a great Chai which is not easy to get in Auckland. Their coffee is also very good.
For breakfast the menu has an extensive range of tempting items. The WAIKANAE CRAB OMELETTE was a fresh, tasty and well presented.
We will be heading back.
Sep 22, 2010
Living & working just down the road I often come here for breakfast on the weekend or lunch during the week.
It can get really busy here on the weekends but the food always comes out spot on. Favorite for me is the Corn Fritters. Coffee is always good but can be hectic getting a takeway at times. Some cool art on the walls for sale as well if you are in to that sort of thing.
Jul 03, 2010
We had breakfast here instead of bambina to try something new. Whilst the atmosphere of the cafe is nice, staff are friendly and we were well served, I don't feel like I'll ever return on purpose. The coffee was ok, breakfast was ok... think I'll stick to bambina for the while.
by Aaron Nolan
Jun 07, 2010
I love this cafe! Lovely staff, perfect coffe and great food!
With the myriad of cafes on Ponsonby Road to choose from you needn't go any further than this little gem :)
Jan 24, 2010
Consistently damn good coffee. Tidy menu too which is interesting and very tasty. Service is always friendly and with what appears to be dedicated locals, they're onto it. Probably one of the best on the strip and that's not just because its excellent quality, it's just so consistent.
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