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“Familiar food, with a local twist”

The Breakwater Cafe
Ranked #1 of 28 Restaurants in Honiara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Familiar food, with a local twist”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

This place is a lifesaver. Conveniently located right by the Heritage and the Mendana hotels, it opens at 7am (7.30 on weekends) so you can have a leisurely breakfast before work. It's the best European-style food and coffee you'll get in Honiara, but there are nice local twists such as coconut jelly in the fruit salad (totally delicious). Air conditioning inside, plus seating on the waterfront deck.

  • Visited February 2014
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Wellington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Best Coffee and Breakfast in Honiara”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Breakwater Cafe Honiara

One can determine who colonised which Pacific Island by trying the local bread. The one gift the French gave to their colonies was the art of cooking, This includes the baking of croissants, rolls, tarts and baguettes. The British who brought cricket and stodgy institutional food most frequently found in prisons and hospitals. Consequently the food in the old English colonies ranges from very mediocre to appalling.

Lesson Learned - if you want to eat edible food in the Pacific head for where the Tricolour once flew.

The Union Jack flew over Honiara so one shouldn't have too many expectations about the food. However if you look there a couple of gems amongst the culinary gristle, One of these is the Breakwater Cafe. This establishment is one of the few places in Honiara you can get a reasonable coffee as well as an attractively prepared breakfast or brunch. The Breakwater is located at the Eastern end of Town opposite the Police Station. The site also houses a Dive operation and the front of the cafe is the dock for divers to embark for their Iron Bottom Sound experience. You approach from the busy Main Street down a side lane to an oasis away from the traffic, fumes and noise of main drag. From the gravel car park you go through an unprepossessing doorway into the dining room. A contemporary build it has light and airy air con spaces with a charming deck outside over the water for those who want a hit of ultraviolet light.

The inside area has plenty of space. Theres a range of furniture that can accommodate those having time to relax and those wanting a quick drink, a snack and then go.

As a coffee house this place delivers a well-made product. There's all the mutations of coffee which is produced in cups and bowls in variations of espresso, flat white, latte, cappuccino etc. There's also an attractive range of cabinet food backed up by a short order cook in the kitchen, If you want a quick bite there are muffins and croissants available. Then there is a range of cooked breakfasts for those wanting a real chow down.

For mind food the magazine rack has a heap of magazines that range from the banal, Women's Goss rags, to the occasional treasure such as the New Yorker.

Midweek the Breakwater opens at 7am but eager customers are lining up before then. The early crowd (weapon of choice a Hi Lux 4WD) has plenty of expat contractors clad in hi viz vests getting their caffeine fixes before heading out to their projects. The next wave, (more upmarket in SUVs - Prados and Hyundais), is also expat heavy these being the white collar mob also seeking their caffeine hits before heading to their "meetings post 0800". Later in the morning there is the ex pat "partner crowd" who need an oasis to while away their empty days gossiping and maintaining their sanity in the company of like souls.

Weekends opening is 0730 and it is a bit more relaxed. The expat crew turn up for brunch in their thongs, shorts and tee shirts and take in a leisurely eating and drinking experience. There is a scattering of well heeled locals adding a bit of texture.

The weekends can be pretty noisy since the expats bring their whining loin fruit in which dents the ambience, but hey, the coffees good and the food far better than most other joints and the view isn't too bad either.

Upside
Good food
The best coffee I had in Honiara
Attentive and friendly service
Value for money brunch say $20 to $25, Mug of coffee and croissant $12.
Great place for Weekend Brunch
Handy location if you are staying in the Kitano Mendana and want to escape its muddy coffee and tired breakfasts

Downside
Closes at 4pm
If only they had wi/f

Tip - want a quick and hearty feed try the Breakfast Baguette, a decent sandwich of eggs and bacon

Disclosure - Once I discovered the Breakwater I became a serial offender and went there every morning for my crack of dawn flat white and croissant. All prices in Aussie $.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Ralph777051
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Breakfast”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Excellent little find in the middle of real rubbish. Great service, swet treats and coffee. Could have put this cafe in any city in Australia and you wouldnt have seen the difference

Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Lynn F
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Best Sunday Brunch”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you have a late Saturday night and wake up around mid day on Sunday, best option is to have a Brunch at the Breakwater Café. Ample choice, tasty food and aromatic coffee to go with. Either you can have these in the cool environs of the air-conditioned dining area or by the sea side deck (can get very warm at times). Their choices of juices is great as well. I go for the Breakwater Bliss. Good number of expats make it their favorite Sunday eat out spot. Pity that they close by 4pm all days........

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Krishnan N
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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Standards Dropped”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Last year this place was good. Now it is getting a bit tired as far as the food is concerned. The good long term staff have left and the service has dropped off. The Lime Lounge seems the better option having picked up it's standards of food and service in recent times...

Visited January 2014
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5 Thank PeterB3206
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