Eating the Entertainment Book


Here in New Zealand (and in Australia, too) we have something called the Entertainment Book. The books are sold by organisations to raise cash for charity. They contain hundreds of money-off vouchers (25% off, or buy one get one free are the main ones) for lots of shops and services but mainly for cafes and restaurants. They come out each year in late March or early April and the voucher are valid immediately and expire on 1st June of the following year.
I’ve just bought the 2012/2013 book which means it’s time to use up the vouchers in my 2011/2012 book. I didn’t make enough use of it this past year. I’m going to make better use of the new one. I’m also going to blog about the food I eat and the places in which I eat it.

This coffee walnut cake is from Cafe Mamba up Plimmer Steps off Lambton Quay. It’s a cafe and I met Rik there for lunch one working weekday. Its decor is very basic, the ceiling is concrete and this, coupled with the music that was playing made it very difficult to have a conversation.
They do an all day breakfast and I opted for that rather than one of their pasta dishes which is what I probably should have had. The English breakfast tea was very good – I think they must have used boiling water rather that just very hot which far too many places do these days.
I didn’t feel comfortable getting my camera out to snap my meal but I’m sure you know what an English breakfast looks like. the sausages were a little weird, but many kiwi sausages are. The bacon was good, the eggs (I chose scrambled) were fine but the mushrooms were awful.
The place was very busy so I assume that some of their other dishes must be really good because there is plenty of competition in the area.
I bought some coffee walnut cake to take away. Rik ate his piece that afternoon but I had mine the next day. It was still moist and tasted delicious.

Venue: Cafe Mamba on Plimmer Steps
Offer: 25% off total bill (up to value of $25)
Visited: Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at lunchtime
Verdict: Too noisy to sit in, don’t bother with the big breakfast, the coffee walnut cake is worth buying but take it away.

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