Busy cafe - busier now I suspect with the closure of the information centre cafe across the road - offering a good range of menu items, good coffee, and slightly variable service. On our last visit the tomato soup was well made and flavoured; the salmon bagel a little pricy compared to (say) those from Wholly Bagels but fresh and with a generous serve of salmon; the main menu items are kiwi standards (various egg, bacon etc combinations for example) and are all competently done. Some outdoor seating on the pavement.
Nothing to complain about here!
The garlic sourdough was delicious, and both of us are vegetarian and found our haloumi salad and pumpkin pakoras hit the spot perfectly.
A great experience, were able to chat comfortably and the waiter was brilliant.
Came here with four others for a mid-morning brunch on a weekday. Place was busy, but getting a table was no problem. Waitress was charming and to the point. No surprises on the menu - just your usual eggs benedict, french toast, bacon and eggs et cetera. I had the Sweetcorn & Polenta Fritters, which were very 'plain jane' and underseasoned. Tasted doughy. However if I have anything to say about Lido, it is to beg the owners to get their loos refurbished - absolutely appalling state. Overall, the feel of the place was relaxed but un-special.
We decided to give Lido a try on a Saturday brunch time. We walked in at about 1:15pm and there were a few empty tables but no one seemed to take any interest at us. Since it was our first time there, we didn't know what to expect so we chose a table to sit down and see if anyone would bring the menu and water to serve us. We waited for 10 mins with a few waitors/waitress walking around us but ignored us. Until another waitress served water at the table next to us, she asked " have you ordered?" We replied " no and where do we find the menus?" So she quickly brought us the menu and water then left. So we figured out that we had to grab the menus ourselves and order at the counter and pay for it then we can sit down! how would we know since it was our first time there? Considering it is always packed at Lido cafe wherever we walk pass, we thought the service here would be better!! Anyway, we had hand cut fries with garlic mayo and risotto pancakes, accompanying with a latte and the famous Cafe Bon Bon. The hand cut fries was nice with the mayo, just slightly more salty than expected. The risotto pancakes was good. With the cream and the soreness of the plum and its sauces, they all combined well. The Cafe Bon Bon was a thick layer of condense milk at the bottom filled up with a thin layer of express coffee with a small jug of hot water. You could fill the cup with as much hot water as you like. It tasted quite nice at the start from mixing hot water and stirring the mixture. It got sweeter and sweeter as you stirred more. I think it was slightly over rated. maybe it was just me that was not so keen on sweet coffee. The environment overall was ok with a crack glass wall being cello-taped at one of the glass walls. The service was a bit disappointing. Maybe this is another cafe culture in Wellington !?