Last weekend Shane, Max and I headed to up north to check out the Matakana market and do a touch of sight seeing. After leaving the market we decided to find somewhere to have lunch, there are quite a few options in a smallish area but Plume Cafe caught my eye, the building had always been there but I don’t remember it looking as good on my last visit. Turns out Plume opened a little less than a month ago, just in time for the busy summer season. We were lucky enough to get there about 10 minutes before the lunch rush, not that a rush would be an issue as the staff were friendly and attentive and there is plenty of seating indoors as well as outside amongst the beautifully manicured lawn and garden (the outdoor area is coved by sails which provides the perfect amount of shade).
Both Shane and I had left home without breakfast and were tempted by the breakfast/brunch menu. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals, they were fresh and summery and were delivered to our table promptly.
If the name sounds familiar it might be, Plume restaurant is also located in Matakana and has been a Cuisine recommended New Zealand restaurant in 2011 and 2012, the cafe is owned and run by the same group. I can highly recommend stopping by Plume if you are in the area, I think it would be a great choice if you have kids, the lawn area is perfect for a run around while you wait for food and the staff were very kind to Max. We didn’t get a chance to purchase any of the beautiful looking breads or pastries that are all made on sight, as we were all pleasantly full but they looked delectable!.