The Brown Bread team has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the downstairs café in our building (Midland Building). Helmed by the folk behind Francesca’s Italian Kitchen (in both Wanaka and Christchurch), Miro is serving up an extensive menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch favourites. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, filling or light, Miro has got your back. Think ricotta hotcakes, breakfast panna cotta, eggs benedict, croque madame and huevos rancheros. They’ve also got matcha smoothies and açai bowls galore in addition to breakfast cocktails like Bloody Marys and mimosas. Their coffee is Allpress, which means we no longer need to leave the office for our morning brew.
When we visit, we sampled a good selection of the menu, the buffalo panna cotta with with citrus granola and seasonal fruit, ricotta pancakes, savoury waffles, the breakfast board consisting of granola, coconut yogurt, dippy eggs with soldiers, a croissant from Le Panier and freshly squeezed orange juice — delightful! Everything is fresh and tasty
For lunch, expect a range of large and small plates. I’ve got my eye on the salmon fillet, wagyu burger and patatas bravas. Oh, and there’s affogatos for dessert. Yes, please!
While the menu is delicious, the space is where Miro truly shines. The beautiful restored café remains true to its original style and I feel like I’ve stepped back in time. Simultaneously relaxing and lively, the café is filled with plants and greenery. With two roaring fires, this is a spot where you’ll want to settle in for the colder months. There are plans in the works to have outdoor seating overlooking the Avon River.
Look for the terracotta building (the former Caffe Roma building for you Christchurch locals).