Wellington’s Cuba Street inevitably has the odd place or two that references the island of its name, although the origins apparently are drawn from an early settler ship called the Cuba.

One such place is Fidel’s, a diner with various bits of Cuban detailing including a great mural of Castro on the ceiling of the portico outside.

I’d been given a tip that the eggs Benedict was pretty spectacular, so I was in a mission as I crossed the threshold. It was plenty busy enough so I was lucky to be immediately seated at one of their window shelf seats.

I took at look at the menu simply to confirm that my intended dish was on the list. It informed me that I could have it with bacon, salmon or spinach and could add some homemade hash for an extra $3. It was yes to the hash and yes to the bacon.

I sipped a decent espresso as I waiting the short time for my dish to arrive.

It looked much as expected with a generous topping of nicely bright hollandaise. With oozily sunbright yolks, this was indeed an absolutely excellent dish. The bacon was lightly crisped, the muffin well toasted, the eggs spot on and the accompanying hash cake a really good extra piece of substance to round out the dish. It was completely splendid.

So overall, Fidel’s served me an excellent breakfast dish that really hit the spot. I’m not sure I’ve had eggs Benedict where all of the elements were so well executed. Make sure to visit next time you’re in the mood for quality snackage in between rummaging for your next killer vintage outfit.

Blythe scores Fidel’s
4.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

I ate: eggs Benedict

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: last night’s shirt

Total bill: $23.50

Address: Cuba Street, Wellington

Written by BKR