We breakfasted at Charley Farley's on a recent Sunday morning on Waiheke. The clientele was a made up of all sorts, from the elderly retiree locals to young families enjoying the weekend sun. It was lovely to see so many people, from all walks, enjoying themselves, although the little darling who decided to throw a tantrum at her father at the next table came close to testing my idyll.
The place is situated right on the beachfront strip at Onetangi, on the northern coast of the Island, and the outlook from tables in the forecourt is simply fantastic. When we were there huge numbers of small fish were schooling in the bay and thousands of seabirds were racing up and down the bay feasting on them - a spectacle like something out of an Attenborough documentary.
The breakfast menu covered all the usual suspects, but very well indeed. We had scrambled eggs and bacon with coffees. The eggs were very well done - not at all dry or crumbly but just a little runny and folded on themselves in the French style. The bacon was crispy but not overdone. They came with two large rounds of flavoursome farmhouse toast and plenty of butter - I just love to melt any spare butter into my eggs for that last taste of luxury and I was not let down! Had the eggs been scrambled with a little chopped parsley, I think they may well have been perfect.
The coffees were great - a nice roast and not too bitter as sometimes happens. In fact as we strolled back along the beachfront we thought you'd probably have to go quite a distance to beat that breakfast.
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