“Real food” is the focus of the menu at CBD diner Misters: they use seasonal mostly-organic produce, keep a totally dairy- and gluten-free kitchen, and make simple, tasty dishes. The breakfast and lunch menu includes a few vegan options, which are labelled as such.
I went recently for breakfast, and had their vegan beans: baked butter beans, served on hash brown with hot & sweet peppers, roasted tomato sauce, gremolata, avocado and sunflower cream. I liked this a lot – it was satisfyingly filling, with a fresh, tomato-rich flavour.
Though there’s plenty of room to sit down, all of Misters’ food is packaged for busy city workers to take away, in compostable or recyclable containers.
I also had coffee: a cashew milk flat white. White coffee is priced the same whether you’re drinking dairy, soy, rice, hazelnut, almond or cashew, which is a nice touch.
The drinks menu also includes a range of vegan smoothies, cold-pressed juices and iced cacao or coffee based on non-dairy milks and coconut cream. I tried a bottle of juice: a gentle combination of Granny Smith apple, Kerikeri orange, celery and ginger.
Misters is just up the hill from Queen Street in the CBD, at 12 Wyndham Street. It’s open weekdays 7am-3pm and Saturdays 8am-3pm.