Auckland City 09-845 5321
- Mon – Fri 7.30am – 4pm
- Sat – Sun 8am – 4pm
- Scenic View
- Out Catering
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: None
- Seating for: 100
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Metro Award Winner, The Fridge Cafe, is located in Kingsland in Auckland. We have:
~ great deli gourmet pies,
~ a large range of salads as well as
~ several delicious wraps, panini and sandwiches.
Great for take away or eat in.
~ the best eggs benedict in Auckland served on homemade hashcakes,
~ as well as our very popular homemade carrot cake.
Come in and sample our large range of homemade sweets from the past: rocky road, chocolate caramel slice, the best homemade lamingtons and lots more!!! :-)
All eggs on the menu are FREE RANGE.
38 Reviews for The Fridge
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The two guys that I always encounter on front of house are always engaged in a loud, over-caffeinated, vacuous conversation we each other that takes precedence over serving people. Their retorts to customers border on patronising.
When I went there yesterday the coffee I got was actually bad, like what you expect when you get a coffee from a mall muffin shop, bitter and bad tasting. I don’t think much of the hygeine of that kitchen that you walk through. The bathroom either.
I am a lover of pies, but honestly if you want an excellent pie for half of their over inflated prices go to Mamata in West Lynn shops, organic too.
Fridge has had it’s day, I’m not surprised it won a Metro award once, but now it’s no better than an airport sandwich shop but with ruder staff and dirtier bathrooms.
I ordered the eggs bene with bacon served on hash cakes which were excellent. My partner had the haloumi salad sandwich which was well presented and tasted equally as good. Didn’t scrimp on the haloumi either which was good to see.
All in all, great service, very good meals and good value for money
When we walked inside we were greeted by a guy with a beard who told us to wait there and we’d be seated my someone else – ?? you can’t seat us, strange.
So after what felt like forever we were finally seated on a shared table which we didn’t mind because we could see it was busy. But after giving us a menu we waited 15 minutes and still no one came to take our order. So my partner went to the counter and ordered it himself.
After yet another long wait and other people coming in later than us receiving their food before us we got our drinks and meals. They mucked up our hot drinks order and our breakfasts were just average. Poached eggs, bread and sausages were nice. Burnt bacon (although I was impressed with the amount they gave us- a lot!) and the homemade beans was awful.
I felt the staff were pretty rude and in the car we actually looked at each other and said well at least we know where we are not going again.
Visited May 2014
Oh yeah food! Gorgeous food, homemade baked beans for me and Eggs Bene for the GF. Both meals so, so good and satisfyingly tasty. Great coffee to compliment breakfast so as we were leaving I took another to go plus an enormous lamington for lunch.
Keep up the great work.
Visited April 2014
I’m fussy as I am both on a limited budget and am a well trained chef; the pies are perhaps a touch overpriced but are very addictive. Large servings of cakes. Friendly staff who are always cleaning when not serving, you could quite safely eat off of the polished wooden floors. I can’t recommend anything especially because its all been so tasty.
My partner said his corn fritters were the worst he had ever had, stodgy, doughy and dry, they were bland and rubbery. He was starved so ate about a third of the fritters but said he didn’t want tofinish them and we didn’t want to wait for another meal as we had to get back to wk. he did eat the bacon. In summary a thoroughly disappointing meal with staff that were not welcoming or service orientated.
Sorry ,we will not be dining here again. Used to very good here, but must have new owners. During our meal no one came to ask if our meals were ok.
I have read other reviews and the corn fritters seem to have the same verdict from others. How long does it take to change a recipe for them. I would have thought one day would be sufficient, not two months. You are losing customers with yr corn fritter recipe and lack of care with meals
Owner has made contact , has advised her staff has been spoken to, and she s improving quality. She also has refunded my voucher cost. Thanks ,it was appreciated.
We bought a voucher for two all day breakfasts at The Fridge, I ordered the big breakfast and my mum ordered the corn fritters with salmon. Nothing was salted – including the mash and creamed mushrooms – utterly flavourless. The corn fritters were huge and gludgy with a tiny amount of salmon on the top and the salad was just a few handfuls of greens without any dressing. The only highlight was the coffee which was up to their usual high standard. I used to eat at The Fridge on a regular basis when I lived in Kingsland but I don’t think I’ll be going back any time soon.
Visited January 2014
Admittedly the service is pretty slack but the superb food makes up for it.
Best plan of attack is buy a pie on the way out. I appreciate they’re not cheap but are most definitely worth it
Visited June 2013
Visited May 2013
Food was good (daughter loved the pie!) and swiftly served, but it was the accompanying service that really wowed us–it was outstanding.
We will be back for more next time we are in Auckland
Visited January 2013
On arrival we’re were cheerfully greeted by three smiling faces Throughout our stay four different members… all friendly individuals…. of the team looked after us so 10/10 for service. Espresso was prompt with great creme and rich flavour.I had the Big breakfast .Free range poached eggs perfectly cooked with flowing yolk ,mushrooms presented in an interesting sauce, a tasty grilled potato mash,lean bacon, breakfast sausages and toasted ciabatta. Was superbly flavoured and hot.. Their kitchen has it sorted
My wife had a muesli /fresh fruit and finished all of it.
A few copies of the NZ Herald were there to relax into.
So, eggs benedict… I loved the flavours, but it didn’t feel like I was eating eggs benedict. The texture and flavour of the potato hash cake screwed with my schema of what eggs benedict should be. Again, the flavours were awesome, crispy bacon, perfectly poached eggs, delicious hollandaise, a lovely smear of pesto.
I had a chance to taste my wife’s french toast, and that was amazing. Brioche, bacon, caramelised banana, maple syrup… just an epic combo of goodness.
The seating was a little out of left-field. 4 different levels, one of which is reached walking through the kitchen, which was kind of cool. Unfortunately there was some confusion with our food.
The service was okay. It was quite busy this morning, though. But where we were seated was wear kitchen staff had to go to reach their freezer which was a bit annoying after a while.
After about only 15 minutes our food came out, and my wife said it was the best mushrooms she had ever had. My french toast was pretty good too.
The carrot cake was pretty awesome. Massive piece, good icing and toppings, which we asked for served with yogurt.
We had two mochas to go on the way out, which were awesome too.
Overall couldnt ask for anything more out of a great breakfast, and really wanted to take away one of thir amazing pies, but was just so packed from brekkie. Will definitely be back.
Eye caught by the blackboard menu – always wanted to try Sardines on toast, ever since swimming among them in Garda See when I fitted a bikini.
… now I can save my money and DIY !!
I can peel back the lid of a 4-pack tin of sardines
I can cut 2 slices of tomato
I can put down a handful of naked , single variety salad greens
(I can do without huge tablespoonful of savage horseradish gratings)
OK OK, myabe I don’t always have good thick Turkish bread to pop in the toaster.
But nor do I have waitstaff to reach over the table between myself and hubby to “Excuse me” top up the sugar bowl.
Maybe I should get out more – but I’ll need to re-set the Navman. Native Trader was always intriguing and worth a visit.
Visited August 2012
I would have gone there more often, but unfortunately they already close at 4:10pm – would be great if they were open longer (like all cafes in Auckland…)
Find the coffee to be a bit hit and miss.
The cabinet food is awesome, really fresh and a good selection.
The meals from the kitchen definitely sacrifice quality for quantity so I’d recommend a pie or something from the cabinet.
In my opinion,
Cabinet food 5/5
Cooked Meals 3/5
I hear they have THE best pies, however Im yet to find out myself. But considering I’ve heard it from 3 people already, and theres plenty of reviews on them, it seems certain they are the best at pies for a LONG distance.
The only issue I have with the cafe is the turn around of time on a coffee, exceeding what you would expect certainly, and the fact there is always 5 people behind the counter, definitely intimidating to walk into, and it makes you seem slightly insignificant when you aren’t handed the coffee by the same person you we’re served by. However, the cafe does seem large, and it must be great for the local economy to have 7 people working at the same time.
Overall; The fridge is a guaranteed hit for Karajoz coffee, amazing Pies, and service with a smile.
The coffee is Karajoz and is pretty good. There is an Asian guy there (or was) who is an excellent barista.
The homemade pies are very good too (favourites are the Moroccan lamb and beef and Guinness).
They also have a good selection of salads, wraps and sandwiches if you’re looking for picnic supplies.
In terms of sitting down for a meal, the breakfasts are pretty good. I like the eggs benedict they do on potato hashcakes – very tasty indeed.
They’re a bit short on space so you can feel a bit cramped, but in summer it’s great if you can sit outside (down the stairs and through the kitchen) and have breakfast in the sun.
Best if you get up early to go here though as it fills up very quickly as it’s so popular – and deservedly so!
so like the modern consumer in a foreign land i am, i turned to the internet, googled best pie in auckland, and hay presto the fridge.
big thanks to the folks who’s recommendation helped me get my satisfaction, and even biger thanks to the proprietors of this excellent establishment, the pie did not disappoint.
Went for the beef and Guinness, good pastry, great flavour, decent amount of good meat, fair price, if you want a REAL PIE go there!
The mushroom and chicken pie is my absolute favourite.
Also has an outdoor area for summertime, and a cosy indoor space for winter.
Apart from all the normal little tables dotted around the cafe, they also have a large table which is big enough for lone-lunchers to share without invading each others’ space. And there are always multiple copies of the Herald to read.
The only potential problem here is the limited street parking . . . but it’s so good, it’s worth parking 5 mins away and walking down. Just be psychologically prepared not to get a park outside the door (although I have had that happen once or twice).