Morningside has been transformed into the newest and trendiest place for a get-together in Auckland with brand new eateries, bars and dessert joints. Anchored by charitable café Crave, it is now home to Kind Cafe & Eatery (operated by the same owners), Miann, Electric Chicken as well as an array of bars including Morningcider and Morningside Tavern.
Kind is similar to Crave in the sense that it shares the same philosophy of doing good and giving back to the community, with 80 percent of the profits going into the development of Morningside.
Stepping into Kind, you'll be mesmerised by lush greenery, hanging pot plants as well as wooden furniture that give both a classy and neat vibe. The environment ties in nicely with what's being offered at Kind, namely plant-based dishes. Following author Michael Pollan's seven rules for eating, the café suggests diners "eat food, not too much, mostly plants," helping visitors to be kind to themselves, the neighbourhood and mother earth.
Kind is an all-day eatery with both a day and evening menu. The day menu features simple favourites such as avocado on toast with smoked chilli peanut butter ($17.5) and eggs any style. For those looking for a little extra, Kind whips up amazing pancakes with blueberry and apple compote, custard, white chocolate crumble and butterscotch mascarpone ($18) for the dessert lovers. Championing its plant-based philosophy, it has also put a spin on other brunch dishes, such as the smoked tofu po' boy ($21) and mushroom and leek ramen ($21).
The eatery transforms to a magical place by night, with beautiful lights, perfect for some light bites after a drink or two at the bar or a wholesome meal celebrating a special occasion. Try the cheese plate with fresh fruits and crackers for $22 or opt for a plate of zucchini spaghetti and meat-less balls made with eggplant and a lot of parmesan for only $18. Being in the Morningside precinct means that it's also effortless to grab a post-dinner dessert from Miann.