As fans of the pre-earthquake LCC, we were well overdue to try the post-earthquake version and so we stopped in for lunch on a Sunday.
Coffee was very good - could have been a bit warmer, but the baristas here are excellent. I've bumped the food score up a bit for it. Mr had the BLT and a potato side salad. It was ok, filling, but nothing noteworthy. I had a feta courgette and sundried tomato tart, though I am not sure where the feta was. The pastry was dry and chewy.
I would have had a slice but they were miniscule. Seriously, I would be surprised if they measured even 1x2 inches. And for $4-5 a complete rip off. So no. It's a shame, because I remember the slices being delicious pre-EQ.
Service and environment was abysmal. The resident DJ was SO LOUD I had to literally (using that word properly here) yell what we wanted at the girl at the till in order to be heard. I got the feeling that they were trying to emulate another well known CHCH coffee establishment, known for their loud music - a place I actually quite enjoy because despite the loud music you can still have a conversation.
Our food took ages to arrive, because they had actually delivered it (minus the side salad) to another table. We saw the staff member drop it off to another table, where the patrons weren't sure if the others they were seated with (currently away from the table) had ordered it, so he just left it there. And there it sat, for a long time. We didn't twig then that it was ours because it was missing the salad - until another staff member came along, picked it up and tried to drop it off to us. After it had been waiting out in the open (we were outside) for ages. No. So at least they redid it for us, and our food later arrived with the salad.
Even apart from the above, the staff seemed confused and bewildered - coming out with people's food shouting to the general area "Who ordered X?". There were no numbers on the tables, or any other markers.
I wouldn't bother visiting again. Sad, but it really doesn't live up to it's earlier self.
A quick visit for three of us. Service seemed slow at counter. Young assistant seemed to have trouble remembering what was being ordered. The man in front of me only asked for two items and even then he had to repeat the order. Then there was a kerfufle over the EFTPOS machine. Wouldn't accept PIN numbers so signature required. Came my turn - ordering a long black and two flat whites. Same problem, repeat the order sign the docket. Sat outside looking over the earthquake ravaged town which i regularly visited before moving to Wellington. Sad to see. Long black arrived, shortly after the two flat whites. Beautiful coffee. Food arrived a little later. Nice and tasty.
Overall a pleasant coffee break.
Excellent coffee. Friendly staff. My lastest Sunday breakfast (Big Breakfast) had dry rubbery button mushrooms, undercooked beans, hard poached eggs (even though I asked for poached). It wasn't hot enough.
My friend and I popped in for lunch but were wooed by the desserts in the cabinet. I urged her to get the maple chocolate pecan tart as I've loved it previously, while I tried the orange chocolate mousse cake. These are fairly large sized desserts and we started to feel rather finished about three quarters of the way through! Coffees were alright, although I'm no coffee expert. As for atmosphere - it's decidedly casual, so really I have no problem with the deck (which has an ok view out to the harbour) or furniture. Will absolutely be back for more dessert, although definitely to share next time as I want to try some savoury stuff!
Tasty food, good prices, cute staff, funky atmosphere...what's not to like?
I do think they ought to jazz up the tatty back balcony though....some new tables and a few pot plants perhaps? And sometimes the music is way too loud for a cafe during the day. But, the food is always good and the staff very friendly (and helpful when you need to borrow a phone).
The day was stunning, as so often the Spring days are. Lyttelton was pumping, as it so often is on a weekend. We four were hungry, having got up early, done some exercises and headed through the tunnel were wanted food. Now.
We grabbed a park not from from the door (close to a poor, earthquake damaged building) and joined the throng at the counter to order breakfast. Each of us had bacon & eggs - 2 x poached, 2 x scrambled. With coffees on top, it came to a cool $70.
We encamped outside and chatted away. 3 of the 4 drinks arrived and were very nice, and after a short while, and a gentle reminder, the 4th arrived too.
We had managed to finish out coffees well and truly before the food arrived, they were busy tho and we weren't in much of a rush anyway. While very tasty, the portions were a little small for me, but I snagged another slice of the herby toast off someone and that topped me up.
Overall, a great spot for coffee, and light meals, maybe some live music too occasionally.
I'd been here before and had the best Spinach and feta muffin so was looking forward to going there for a meal. So how cool to be able to take my mum there for breakfast. As soon as wee opened the door we could feel the warmth. Very important on a cold winters morning. We ordered and were able to find a seat. Our coffees came and were lovely, our breaky was slightly later as we had to ask as we thought they had forgotten. We had finished our coffee so would rather have liked to have them together. But very nice anyway. This place is a hit,you can tell by the people flowing out. Cheers guys we will be back.
What to do on a lovely sunny saturday in winter? Visit Lyttelton of course. Where to eat? Well, there's not a lot of choice, and the LCC certainly has the majority of the diners! The interior is very hip and trendy, with an inhouse DJ and some pretty nifty decor. We were unsure of whether we would be able to find a seat, but then discovered the balcony out the back. Being the middle of winter, there was a slightly bite to the breeze, so the balcony was largely vacant. We placed our orders and sat and waited, looking over the harbour and admiring the paintings on the side of the industrial looking buildings. Inside it was humming, the music slightly too loud, outside, it was more sedate. Despite the business, our meals were brought our fairly promptly, around 10-12 minutes after placing and my vegetarian lasagne looked divine. A colourful concotion of rich orange pumpkin, sliced courgette, lush green spinach, all neatly sandwiched between cheesy lasagne slices. Okay, os perhaps the garlic was a little too heavy-handed - there'll be no vampires around tonight! But every mouthful was pleasant and filled with flavour. Unable to decide, I had a little several salads, the creamy potato, the tasty greek pasta. The suace made a lovely addition too, but I could not place the taste. Whilst I savoured my lasagne, my husband made short work of his scrambled eggs. To my discerning eyes they looked a little minimalist - a churned and thick creamy-white mass of eggs atop a chunk of turkish bread. Where were the mushrooms? The tomatoes? But he declared it entirely to his tastes. A pleasant afternoon, and one we shall again savour should we venture into Lyttelton.
THE BEST BREAKFAST IN CHRISTCHURCH
The free-range eggs are so good I bought the same ones from the supermarket but alas I am incapable of re-creating the scRambled eggs!! I'd have to say the best scrambled eggs I have ever had.
Do ask for the wholegrain bread; it is MUCH nicer than the turkish/ciabatta that is normally served.
The homemade capsicum/tomato (?) relish they serve is so good I think of it everytime I eat eggs. Why don't they sell it?
The boys all had the big brekkie and they LOVED it.
SUPERB coffee too.
The goodies in the cafe chiller looks awesome too (slices, cake, light lunches, muffins etc).
This place was packed when we turned up today, we thought maybe we wouldn't get a table and we'd have to try another place instead.. Just at that point when we were about to leave a table was vacated..
I ordered the bacon with scrambled eggs. The bacon actually tasted of bacon (imagine that!) and if it had been a little crisper I would've given it 8/10. The scrambled eggs were perfectly cooked, for some reason I think of scrambled eggs as being easy to cook but I am frequently disappointed.
I was hoping to try the chocolate cheesecake brownie slice in the cabinet, alas my tummy said it was full.
None of you will be surprised to learn that the Lyttelton Coffee Company is in Lyttelton. What may surprise you is that it is busy most of the time that its doors are open for business. Is this because its baristas make a good cup of coffee? Yes! Is it because the food is eminently edible? Mmm, probably! Is it because service is exceptional? Mmm, maybe some of the time. Is it because it’s a fantastic location? Yes!
There are a number of yeses there and these were the questions I had put to a friend who had been mentioning the LCC for some weeks, suggesting that it would be remiss of me not to visit and indulge in, at the very least, a hot espresso.
I knew that Lyttelton, the steep sloped port suburb of Christchurch, had one street that was enjoying a revival of trade and offered several restaurants of note, Volcano and Freemans, along with a number of simply beautiful old stone and brick buildings which add immeasurably to the character of this fascinating town.
The sun was shining and the LCC was, as expected, packed with a most eclectic mix of people, some local, some over from Christchurch. How do I know this, you ask? Because I spoke to quite a few customers while I was wandering about the place and waiting for my coffee and lunch.
As you enter the large, ceiling-less space you behold a sort of Bohemian, Havana cigar, 1960s Cuba type of ambience, complete with one or two scruffy little urchins on skateboards outside and the gleaming La Marzocco espresso machine, strategically sited like some sort of sacrificial altar or 1950s Pontiac just inside the door, ready to begin your proselytization.
Glance across to your left and a bunker-like structure meets the eye, its rust covered metal cladding hiding the water closets within and its rooftop providing a birds nest-like perch for a DJ and a band (Not playing at the time).
It’s a very cosy and comfortable space to be in, oddly enough, as there is an open fire at one end (corner), sun bathed seating along the frontage and much hot air inside from the arty, the crafty, the bucolic, the bold, the blasphemous and the business minded. An unholy mix of who’s who, perhaps?
I was sure my order was well down the line and so I was comfortable with the 10 minute wait for the coffee and the 15 minute wait for the bacon & eggs on toast, both of which were of a standard well up the scale for palatability for simple fare.
Nonetheless, it would be unwise to get too excited about the food on offer, although, to be fair, they may change the menu regularly. Their strength is likely to be very much in the making and the purveying of coffee, I feel.
If I were fortunate enough to be the resident and owner of one of Lyttelton’s grand Victorian buildings I would more than likely be a frequent visitor to the Lyttelton Coffee Company for my daily caffeine requirements.
An absolute gem, what comes to mind? I believe another fellow reveiwer said 'buzzing', i 2nd that! all that and a bag of chips...or croque monseiur if your that way inclined, the homemade pepper sauce is awesome. Great great coffee, and a perfect mix of tasteful eclecticism with the design, from the disembowed and reassembled tip top sign to che guerva! The sunday DJ and mix of local and national bands (I SAW WETA THERE ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO!!! WOW) as well as a great sense of community spirit, almost the shortland street (with a tasteful and more local friendly perception) of cafes in Lyttelton. Just keep doing what your doing LCC, dont go changing!!! Thank you
Visited on Sat 6 Jun 2009 for coffee and cake. Had been past a few times but it was always too busy and couldn't get a seat. This day we found a spot by the front windows and ordered some slices and coffees. 10 year old enjoyed her chocolate, and my wife and I enjoyed I cofffees...Sweets were great too....you can tell these guys know what they are doing.
One comment however....don't know how these guys can make a profit as their team of people was huge....three guys on the coffee machine and another two behind the food counter...plus the DJ (wonder if he is just doing it for love)....anyway just an observation.
I simply love Lyttelton with it's difference, it's people,it's non convention, it's smell and it's sprinkling of cafes and restaurants. Living over the hill in Sumner, Lyttelton offers some light relief and a point of difference from the more beachy "look at my car " , "darling do you live on Scarborough ? "attitude of the privileged Sumnerites....and right smack bang in the middle of Lyttelton is the Lyttelton Coffee Co .
When entering you cannot miss the Che Guevara Poster which immediately brands this funky place as the potent symbol of revolution. The staff were young and different and I would hazard a guess that not one of them voted for John Key !
The place is very popular, very trendy and very coffee-ry. Where we sat we had a view of cranes, water, rust, more cranes, more rust , corrugated rusty roofs, rubbish recycle bins, weeds, ladders, more cranes, more rust and lots of containers..and oh yes ! more water views. If in the city ,the restaurant would never get away with this awful sight, but in Lyttelton it's not awful...its awesome ! cos this is a port town ( suburb of Ch Ch really ) and the Lyttelton Coffee Co fits the bill nicely .
We plonked our bodies down on a balmy Sunday afternoon surrounded by mustard coloured and flame red coloured plastic chairs, and instead of looking portside I found myself looking at the exterior back wall of the restaurant...a grey unwashed naked uncompromising concrete monstrosity, Harlem -style yet minus the graffitti. I guess it's all to do with the branding...but again this is what you get, it's a sort of ethnic brainwashing Che style.....a statement saying that maybe life is not all straight and true ! I ordered the Gratin, a superb lunchy thing with mashed pumpkin filling ( I reckon maybe butternut pumpkin ? ) with smooth slices of beautifully cooked potato( maybe Desiree Reds ? ) all top hatted with crispy bacon. The potato was soft and creamy, the bacon crisp without being ruined and the pumpkin mash very mellow yellow ( "I'm just mad about saffron ! "). Mrs Nulli had the beef and red wine hot pot. Both our lunchy- things were excellent.
We followed up with a slice of cake each, mine a nutty we beast ,crammed with cashews and hazelnuts in a not-too-sweet caramel base and with a lovely chocolate nutty squirrel icing top! The other cake was a really smart ginger cake with a cheese-cakery citrus icing...both cakes good enough to be served on the Celebrity Cruise ship that caters for cantankerous and fussy Americans !
As the name of the restaurant suggests, this is a coffee haven but we were somewhat disapointed with our coffees. They had mixed up the table in front of us and as the customers were being served their replacements, ours arrived. My moccachino could have been hotter and Mrs Nullis flat white was a cocoa-something. Her replacement also was not a flat white.....but the staff were cool so we didn,t complain. The place was quite busy with seating up to 30 on the decking and room for heaps more inside, yet when you order, it's all by memory- no table numbers, maybe that's why they mixed up the coffees......but as I said , it was a balmy Sunday afternoon so why wouldn't the nice young staff be a bit balmy after a long day at the office ?
It's a great place and well worth a visit and I've grown to like the view of rusty corrugated iron...and the cranes...and the weeds ...and the recycle bins...and the sea ....and that guy working on a Sunday in a 4 story building that looks straight out to the decking...after all this is Lyttelton and you are in the hallowed turf of the Lyttelton Coffee Co ....
We came here on Sunday morning the day after our wedding with a whole bunch of our out-of-town guests. We didn't have a booking but luckily for our large group the whole deck was free. Maybe the locals preferred the cosy interior?
I wanted something savoury for breakfast but didn't think I could stomach a whole cooked breakfast so I got the gratin with bacon from the cabinet. It was perfection. My husband ordered the big breakfast and he was very happy with his. The food came quickly and everyone's meals looked lovely. One of our friends ordered an amazing looking berry smoothie. One thing I have found about Lyttelton/Sumner so far is that they do their bacon crispy. It's awesome. For some reason Auckland cafes tend to make soft squidgey bacon. Very nice vibe here and good coffee. Would love the chance to come back again. The only thing that I could think of to fault is that the waitress said that it was her first day so didn't know what she was bringing out. She would describe each item on the plate like "potato and bacon" rather than "big breakfast" or "gratin". No biggie, but would have been nice for her to know the meals.
Love the graphic design on the menus/business cards etc. and all the artwork in the dining area.
Came here on a cruisy Sunday afternoon. We were very hungry after a morning exploring Quail Island, and I dithered about my meal selection- in my head, it all tasted good! I ordered potato gratin with crispy bacon, darling husband had the big breakfast, and dining companions had a vegeterian breakfast and a lentil pie thing. Coffees came quickly, very good, although had to hunt around for sugar. (stole some from tables outside.) Meals arrived quickly also, was very happy with my choice, although DH did eat an awful lot of mine... everyone expressed happiness at their meal choices. I couldn't resist the display of desserts, and caved in and got a slice of lemon merengue pie- was good- filling was kinda grainy, rather than creamy... still good though. We enjoyed the eclectic mix of patrons, wall decor, and the service was friendly and happy, if not a little distracted. We will be back again!
Buzzing is the word that first springs to mind when thinking back of this mighty fine coffee establishment. It is a myriad of sounds from the live music, the coffee machine that never sleeps, the eclectic crowd, the open kitchen and it is moulded into one happy sound. It allows you to submerge yourself into a mag from the massive pile of great reading, watch people or have a conversation with your friends equally well. It is also host to a balcony with tables overlooking Lyttelton harbour.
After ordering the vegetarian breakfast I was presented with a hearty plate of mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs on toast which I induced with a rather large quantity of tasty homemade (?) tomato sauce and it was just what the doctor ordered. Service is very friendly and they all seem happy to engage in any conversation. It is casual but this is what I expect from a cafe in terms of service.
This is the place to go for a consistently great coffee and as far as cafe food goes, this is really good, hearty and tastes home made. I will be returning again and again and again. Great work.
One of the best places to experience a nice coffee and brunch or dessert in the heart of Lyttelton. The ambient atmosphere generated by the slightly alternative displays along with the live music whilst we were there (Sat am) were great to experience. the coffee and the desserts were delicious (berry cheesecake and orange chocolate torte). The only minor glitch in my opinion was the poster of Che Guevara on the wall as he is so 2004 wrt alternative fashion (he is too mainstream to be trendy anymore!)
Popped in for a late breakfast, about 2pm on a blustery Saturday. A chap was playing guitar (Spanish/Jazz style, accompanied by drum machine, and not too bad) and the place looked like it had been decorated by some new-age aging 80's retro rocker on speed. Every wall was the same and completly differnet, but not appaling, more interesting.
We ordered a few bacon & egg based meals and coffee's, which were of a good size and quite tasty. Prices were pretty average for a meal, and there was a good selection from the cabinet too. Coffee was very nice, although a call for a second round never eventuated, so we only had one cuppa.
Over all, nice, and would go back again without hesitation.