It’s good to see suburban cafes popping up around greater Auckland that are more than capable of holding their own against the big names in Ponsonby, Parnell and Mt Eden. A good cafe need not be surrounded by designer clothing and specialty food stores. In the suburbs, parking is a doozy, and the clientele are less pretentious. (Or, perhaps more accurately, gathering under less pretentious circumstances.)
Humbug is one such welcome gem in West Auckland’s Glen Eden – previously somewhat barren as far as good cafes were concerned. It was recommended to me by locals, and I was delighted to find that it’s being run by the duo previously responsible for my old haunt Arcadia – awkwardly located at the Mount Eden end of Symonds Street, just a few steps from my equally awkwardly-located workplace.
Just like Arcadia, Humbug has a homely atmosphere. Its big, open kitchen bustles with an extraordinary number of staff, who turn out tasty-sounding menu items like bagel burgers, and fettucine with artichoke cream sauce. But I always head for the fully-stocked cabinet. The vanilla cupcakes are an old favourite. Unlike traditional light and fluffy cupcakes, these ones are dense and rich – I suspect custard may have been added as a secret ingredient, but please correct me if you know otherwise!
It’s worth a trip out west to visit.
32 Rua Road, Glen Eden, Auckland
Ph: 09 827 5124
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