Prefab, Jessie Street
Prefab is the latest venture of Jeff Kennedy and Bridget Dunn (ex Cafe L’Affare), and at its heart aims to provide a place for ‘community’ both in location and attitude.
As previously reported in the local media, there are few other well-experienced Wellington hospo people along on this venture – Rob Wilkinson (formerly Capitol), Jonathan England (formerly Two Rooms, Miramar) and various former L’Affare staff.
Prefab has a long open counter/kitchen, with coffee roasting at one side of the cafe (under the Acme brand) and a bakery at the other side (where you can buy your daily bread – check out the snake and heart breads below!).
The feel of the cafe is a little school cafeteria, with a mix of individual and sharing tables, all supporting the ‘community’ feel. Being a busy time (1pm), and a singleton, I was placed at the bar, which proved a good spot to watch all the industry going on.
The food is all menu/wait-served, and ranges from traditional breakfast (muesli and yoghurt) to the slightly different (Berlin brekkie of fresh bread, cheese, tomato, meats, jam and egg), and progresses through the day with a number of sandwich (hot and cold) options, and a range of salads and more substantial meals.
On my quick stop today I only had room for a small sampling, so I enjoyed a house-made Easter bun (light, spicy and nicely glazed) with preserved orange marmalade (very well balanced and not the usual bitterness marmalades tend to have), and eyed up all the other menu items to consider on return.
I noticed my neighbour’s tomato and avocado on toast was just that – rustic and generous.
There’s a strong focus on fresh and simple here, and nothing is above $20.
So I shall definitely be back for a fuller experience to see if these initial positive impressions continue. And I will have a coffee to see how the new roast is developing.
The only slight criticism today was waiting a fair time seated at the bar before anyone came to take an order or bring water. And then I was checked by three. It was 1pm lunchtime with a fairly packed house (they do hold a lot of people), so I won’t hold that against them for now.