New local: Twenty Three

salads from twenty three

We moved house a couple of weeks ago and we’re still settling in, so things have been a little quiet on this blog. One new thing I have to report is a new favourite local café!

Twenty Three, at 23 Mount Eden Road, is a couple of blocks away from our new place. It’s sweet, full of classic New Zealand design and historic photos of the neighbourhood.

At first glance, the menu doesn’t look especially vegan-friendly, but it turns out there is a lot to choose from.


mushrooms and avocado

My favourite thing to order for brunch is mushrooms on sourdough toast with a side of avocado. The mushrooms aren’t vegan as they appear on the menu, but the kitchen will make a delicious vegan version on request, topped with chives and watercress. Twenty Three’s sourdough is a special thing, full flavoured and chewy, and is great with just avocado as well.


salads at twenty three

Food in the cabinet isn’t labelled vegan, but there are always at least a couple of vegan salads with simple, delicious flavours – things like cannellini bean with fennel, capsicum, balsamic, olive oil & smoked paprika. I haven’t tried their pumpkin, spinach & pinenut sandwich yet, but it’s another option.


chocolate cake

vegan chocolate cake

There’s usually a vegan chocolate cake as well, best enjoyed with an excellent soy flat white.

As well as the café food, Twenty Three sells locally-produced hot sauce & olive oil, KeepCups and other bits and pieces. They have a box of Wanaka Chocolate bars next to the till – their plain dark, orange and mint bars are all vegan and lovely.