Thorndon toddle (and toddy)
After not wandering around Thorndon for a while, two opportunities abounded over a couple of days.
Firstly, brunch at Leafee on Sunday on the recommendation of (and with) a friend. Delicious!
Cinnamon pancakes with raspberries, pistachios, vanilla mascarpone, banana and maple syrup. Mmmm.
The mushrooms and feta on grainy toast looked pretty damn fine as well.
Leafee is run by Japanese folks who convert fully to Japanese fare at night. They are very friendly and welcoming, and I’m told the evening experience is pretty good too, so will be back. I’d suggest booking for the evening given Leafee is in a small villa, and note that you order at the counter during the day (so don’t sit there waiting!). 320 Tinakori Road.
The mid-week evening graze and tipple happened at the Sprig and Fern at 342 Tinakori Road (courtesy of traffic snarl around The Terrace).
Originating out of the Nelson Sprig and Fern, this craft beer bar is also in an old Thorndon villa and looked to be a popular spot for the locals.
The food is house platters and sandwiches or Siggy’s pies, both of which accompany beers nicely.
The decor is cosy, there’s an outside garden bar for the hardy (10C at the time), the staff are friendly, and there’s a 9 square word jumble on the wall for those attempting to ward off alzheimers (and for those with vision problems the letters are O, M, I, A, A, T, X, C, I). Please submit all guesses via the comments!
There’s a small upstairs room with tables, but its a bit austere and quiet up there, so wasn’t as appealing as the downstairs.
All in all very pleasant, and will call by again when in the area needing a beer.