NINE Seeds coffee is so popular there are 10-minute parking signs outside.
And on school mornings and weekends, caffeine addicts resort to parking on the median strip.
For motorbike instructor John, the cafe is a tasty debriefing station for his pupils.
“The coffee is divine,” the burly biker told the Herald while chowing down on a toasted muffin.
Rather than coffee, the D’Angers kicked off a mid-week breakfast with some healthy wakeup juices.
For D’Angerous Dave it was a glass of sharp lemon and orange, and for me a colourful beetroot, ginger, apple and celery concoction ($7), which didn’t shirk on the ginger.
The breakfast menu has all the usual suspects, including a big breakie, porridge, bircher muesli and house-made beans.
I’ve had the bruschetta before, and it still rates as one of the best I’ve tasted; even in Italy, the home of the popular dish.
On this occasion, the asparagus omelette ($18) sounded perfect for a busy deadline day.
It was so big, a couple of blokes passing our table paused to have a gander.
The light and fluffy eggs, crammed with crisp asparagus, sat on a slice of toast, and the feta cream and crumbed hazelnut added a pleasant crunch.
The feta was sharp and creamy and the flavour of truffle oil added a richness to the dish.
Dave ordered the pancakes topped with caramelized apple, blueberries and ice cream ($17).
However the sheer size and sweetness were too much.
“The pancakes are really good, but there’s too much maple syrup,” he said.
“And the caramelized apple should have been on the side.”
Nine Seeds lunch menu includes a steak sandwich, with chips ($18), burgers, gnocchi ($20) and twice cooked duck ($18), with salad, peanuts and nam jin (Thai fish sauce).
There’s also a great selection of cakes.
by JENNY D’ANGER
121 Marmion Street,