New Funicular cafe
The cafe formerly known as Fresco, upstairs on Lambton Quay on the southern side of Cable Car Lane, is now Funicular cafe (no website yet).
The space has been remodelled and is now sleeker and warmer feeling. Maybe due to the buttercup coloured benches, myriads of lightbulbs dangling on long red cables, or the counter now being in the middle of the space so its not such a big open barn. At the southern end of the cafe is a dining space with a large table (and funky mixed colour chairs) for big groups or a semi-private working lunch.
The offerings include both cabinet food and menu options. There was a good range of muffins and scones freshly cooked including raspberry and white chocolate, pear and espresso, and an interesting-looking savoury muffin. The cheese scone I had included some greenery (visually appealing), was crisp on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside. Delightful.
The breakfast menu also included one or two interesting options like savoury french toast with ham and cheese, and bircher muesli with poached fruit and honey yoghurt. And I think the pancakes with blueberry mascarpone might be tempting me back this Saturday to see how the cooked food stacks up.
The new owner has recently returned from overseas if I remember correctly from a recent brief mention in the Capital Times, and aims to provide a quality cafe experience. The service was very good (professional and timely), as was the coffee (Supreme) and the trim Chai latte (a limited number of places do them well).
It’s a nice spot to be sitting at the windows overlooking Lambton Quay below. Funicular is definitely worth checking out if you’re in that general area. Monday to Saturday daytimes, from 7.30 weekdays.
POSTSCRIPT: I had to do it, the pancakes with balsamic blueberries, maple mascarpone and maple syrup. Very well done, delicious with the balsamic tang, good presentation and again good service….