When the Art Gallery re-opened last year after three years of construction and renovation, I was excited and proud to see how it had grown up, into a proper international art museum full of light & space & modern design.
Along with the rest of the building, the gallery’s café was completely revamped. Its new brunch and lunch menu (PDF) doesn’t include a lot for vegans (maybe some of those sides would be safe; certainly there’s a wide range of drinks), but among the regular offerings in its cabinet is a vegan chocolate cake!
Each serving is an individually baked parallelogram, drizzled lightly with chocolate sauce and topped with red currants & cranberries. It’s a well executed chocolate cake: moist, not too sweet and with surprising little bursts of sour flavour when you bite into each berry.
The café’s menu is sometimes updated to match the gallery’s exhibitions; when I visited today, there were a few Pacific-themed items on offer (PDF menu) to complement the current Home AKL exhibition of contemporary Pacific art. Though I didn’t try it this time, I suspect the dairy-free “coconut rice pudding with rum soaked sultanas & golden syrup” would be vegan, too.