To celebrate cake day this week, we went to a New Zealand run cafe called Fernandez and Wells. H’s cousin N and friend L became Honourable Cake Day members, both found the concept of food blogging hilarious and kept asking funny questions about it.
Fernandez and Wells is a cute cafe at 73 Beak Street, they specialise in rolls, desserts and say that their aim is to make a really excellent cup of coffee. With all their menu on display, it is seriously tough to decide what to choose. As I have proven myself time and again to be an absolute glutton, I had to go for both a roll and a cake! Yumtastic!
Most of the rolls were meaty, with gorgeous looking fillings like Mortadella, Prosciutto, Salami and Parmesan. I chose one of the few vegetarian options, Buffalo Mozzarella, Plum Tomatoes and Rocket, they offer the addition of salt and pepper or olive oil. As I’ve already mentioned my dislike of salt and pepper, I just went for the olive oil. It gave a much needed moistness and taste to the roll, but was especially messy. I would really recommend this roll as even though it is simple, the mozzarella is buttery and delicious.
As it was cake day after all, I chose the Bourbon Vanilla Cheescake. A serious hit of vanilla bean, this cheescake was the real deal, baked to perfection – it was definitely not your usual boring restaurant concoction. Though it was a unanimous verdict that no one could taste the bourbon, so I can’t say if it was actually in the cake – perhaps just a name? Excuse the blurry photo, my camera is always letting me down at tantalising times like this.
You can also choose from a delectable selection of smaller cakes, including Portuguese custard tarts. H insisted that we order a flat white coffee, as it is the cafe’s speciality. The barrista adds a silver fern design to the top of the coffee, this I have been told is the national tree of New Zealand. Very cool!
The verdict of Fernandez and Wells is that I would definitely go back, fantastic sandwiches and fabulous cakes. The only downside is the terribly uncomfortable bar stool style seating. The price tag: £10.70 for a roll, cheescake and tea. Priceyish for lunch, but you do get what you pay for. Plus the Kiwi staff are adorable, but H will kill me for saying that!