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Auckland ’ s North Shore just got a whooole bunch tastier thanks to newly kid on the block, The Glasshouse Cafe. And, if you ’ re into delicious eats such as chocolate-loaded waffles, steamed bao buns and pork belly benedict, you need to visit—pronto .
Located opposite the Onewa Domain in Northcote, the Auckland newcomer is an oasis within a service center. Tucked between two buildings, the café has modern, industrial vibration. There ’ sulfur a polish concrete floor and wooden furnishings with a flat black structure tying the area together. Sprawling pot plants hang from overhead and two Benjamin trees form an entrance way—amazingly, the build was built around the trees .
The actual star of the space is The Glasshouse Café ’ s namesake : a sprawling skylight above. Allowing the natural light to stream in, the café is a lot like a sun-drenched conservatory. The solution ? You get to sip on your chocolate in the cheerfulness without having to brave Auckland ’ s unpredictable elements—winning !
If you were impressed with the inside, precisely expect until you see the food. The all-day menu has your faves ( think granola, egg bene and smashed avo ) a well as some lusciously advanced dishes. There ’ second besides a nod to the owners ’ Korean-Vietnamese inheritance with asian coalition delights your taste bud will luuurve.

Kick-start your day with The Glasshouse ’ s black rice porridge topped with house-dried fruit and dollops of coconut skim. For something hearty, the adust chorizo and beans potentiometer is basically comfort in a bowl… or should we say pot ? Vegetarians won ’ thyroxine go hungry with an epic polenta vege stack deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as a bean curd salad drizzled with vietnamese sesame dressing. Um, can we order one of everything ?
If you ’ re a lollipop for eggs benedict ( who isn ’ t ? ! ), you ’ re botch for choice with four delectable offerings. There are two classical benes ( streaked bacon or mushroom ) aboard two next-level numbers. We ’ ra talking beetroot-cured salmon with béarnaise sauce or—our favourite—pork belly benedick with lashings of piquant jalapeño hollandaise. seriously, this bene is unmissable.

Speaking of unmissable dishes, a special shout-out must be made for The Glasshouse ’ s Korean-esque bao buns packed with bulgogi grilled pork barrel and hot kimchi. If you ’ ve got a dulcet tooth on ya ( guilty ), go for their signature waffles topped with blueberries, Kapiti ice-cream and ALL the chocolate. Chocolate coma, come at you !
Brunch international relations and security network ’ t complete without a hot or cold bevvy to wash the delectability down. Choose between house-brewed kombucha, impertinently squeezed juices or a review smoothie. There ’ sulfur besides silky smooth coffee bean and vibrant matcha, beet and turmeric lattes paired with a match marshmallow—yes, turmeric marshmallows are a matter.

For a meal on the go, The Glasshouse has a cabinet chockablock with salads, wraps and sammies. Treat yourself to a lil somethin ’ somethin ’ such as lemon meringue piece, clean tart or a classical chocolate chip cookie. Rest assured, there ’ mho always batch of gluten-free and dairy-free delights and the cafe even has a dedicate kids ’ menu. Better however, there ’ second besides a sectioned off play area for your little ones .
Recruit your brunching company and get yourself to The Glasshouse Cafe. There ’ south a pork belly bene calling your name !
image credit : Lydia Arnold