Vineyards, Wineries and Brunch

Last Saturday a friend of mine had her birthday and she decided to celebrate it by having a huge brunch at Soljans Winery,located west from Auckland city in the Kumeu Region. From what I could see and asked, the venue can be used for different purposes, they have a restaurant and a function centre that serves perfectly for wedding receptions and such and a huge vineyard and winery planted with Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinotage grapes (which they’ve told me are the best of that region)

Clearly  June is not the time of flourishing vines haha

Clearly June is not the time of flourishing vines haha

But let’s be honest, you are not here to read about the characteristic of the venue (or that suddenly a guy on an helicopter decided to “park” right in the middle of the yard) you are here because of the food.

Since we were so many, they suggested we had a fixed menu with a few items instead of the whole range of brunch options. Le Boyfriend as expected, went for the Big Breakfast and (as expected as well) I went for the Eggs Benedict with Bacon, to my surprise instead of toast, they came with a potato “rosti like” cake thingy  (Basically a HUGE hashbrown)

Hope you’ve enjoyed it and will encourage you to “brunch” more. See you next time. Jules.-

[Spanish Version]

El sábado pasado una amiga mía cumplio años y decidió celebrarlo con un gran Brunch (desayuno/almuerzo) en el viñedo Soljans, ubicado al oeste de la ciudad de Auckland en la Región de Kumeu. Por lo que pude ver y le pregunte, el lugar se puede utilizar para diferentes propósitos, tiene un restaurante y un centro que sirve perfectamente para bodas y un enorme viñedo y bodegas con uvas de Pinot gris, Chardonnay y Pinotage (que son las mejores en esa region)

Pero seamos honestos, no están aquí para leer acerca de las características del lugar (o que de repente un tipo en un helicóptero decidió “estacionarse” justo en el medio del patio) ustedes está aca por la comida.

Ya que éramos tantos, nos sugirieron que elijamos de un menú fijo en lugar de toda la gama de opciones de almuerzo. Le novio como se esperaba, eligió el Big Breakfast (salchichas, tostadas, hongos, huevos, papas y tomate) y yo elegí los huevos Benedictinos con panceta (ninguna sorpresa ahí tampoco), lo que si no esperaba fue que en lugar de pan tostado, vinieron con una especie de cosa, torta de papa tipo rosti (Básicamente un hashbrown enorme, que es una bizcocho de papa rallada frita)

Espero que les haya gustado. Hasta la próxima. Jules. –

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4 thoughts on “Vineyards, Wineries and Brunch

  1. I prefer potato over bread. I guess it’s one easy way to avoid the gluten-free obstacle.

    It’s becoming more popular now at cafes, though some will give you both a hash brown AND toast!

    I wonder if any places serve brunch “family style”? It would make it a lot easier! We always have family style brunch when we go on holiday with friends. A tray of sausages and bacon (cooked on BBQ), a plate of buttered toast, a pan of creamy mushrooms, a pot of baked beans, a tray of baked eggs or a pan of scrambled eggs, heaps of coffee…..serve yourself.

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    • stop talking that you are making me hungry 🙂

      That family style brunch you talk about it the “Kiwi brunch” style as well, in Argentina brunch is something fairly new (if not non existent) and usually we go for more sweet things, cakes, cupcakes or cookies, I think the most savoury thing you can find so early are ham and cheese tosties!

      We should find more people and make a brunch potluck (I think is called like that) with dishes from all over the world! (and something for little Tofu as well)

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      • I’m not fond of sweets for breakfast, I usually feel a bit ill afterwards. Maybe I eat too much!

        I love eating breakfasts from other countries and eating the local breakfasts when I am traveling. My husband is the complete opposite. No matter where in the world we are, he wants bacon, eggs, toast for breakfast. One of my most memorable breakfasts was in Laos at an organic farm cafe (they grow all their own produce) and they had rice soup with heaps of fresh herbs and some deep fried bread sticks. Oh…take me back.

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  2. Que lindo lugar y que buena comida , es mas un brunch que un típico desayuno Argento . Con lo que a mi me gusta desayunar, este es el ideal !!!

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