Home in time for Homestead

[left]My husband (still getting used to this word…) returned home to Auckland from Vancouver on Friday just in time to take me on a weekend date.  When he’s busy at work these are few and far between, so we made the most of it and explored somewhere different. First up was a visit to the brand new Homestead cafe (actually my second in its first few days open)! Homestead was opened last week by my friend Sam Mannering together with Ceremony cafe’s Connor Nestor and Charles Williams.[/left] [right]Pah Homestead Cafe Hillsborough Sam Mannering[/right]

Housed in the beautiful Pah Homestead at Hillsborough’s Monte Cecilia Park, Homestead shares its er, home, with 8000 pieces of contemporary art owned by James Wallace.  The place is a feast for all the senses, whether you’re seated within the gallery itself, outside on the veranda, or on a picnic blanket between the contemporary sculptures.

The coffee is Flight and the food is classic Sam (author of A Year’s Worth and Food Worth Making) – I opted for the broccolini salad with house-smoked salmon and a poached egg – the perfect start to a lazy Saturday.  Blair had Sami’s eggs with a side of Kumara Sourdough – yum.  I would have taken a slice of Sam’s notoriously good pear and fig syrup gingerbread home, but I’d had rather a lot of it on Thursday.

Where possible, I like to adhere to the Chinese proverb “Fan hou bai bu zou huo dao jiushi jiu” which means “After dinner walk 100 steps and you will live 99 years.”  Homestead is practically designed for this very purpose, with sprawling lush park surrounds, a tree-lined driveway and two storeys of modern art to walk through inside.  We ambled around the place, and though not particularly artistic, enjoyed doing something a little bit different.

I’ll be returning to try the crumpets, and am hoping that perhaps a high-tea makes its way to the menu one day too.

More photos, including some from the launch party last week.

Wearing: Cue dress, Prada Galleria Saffiano, Essie Polish Bell-bottom Blues, Pink Kookai top above.