Pandoro has been a fave since 2006 when I discovered the to-die-for fruit-mince pies while working near the Mt Eden store in Auckland.
So there are no arguments from me when the team I’ve just been with at a meeting in Wellington suggest a quick coffee (or in my case, tea) at Pandoro in Willis St.
In theory, the tea should have been good; not only are the folk at Pandoro serious about what they do, this cafe is just a couple of doors down from the TLeafT shop, so there is plenty of expert tutelage on hand, not to mention a ready supply of good-quality tea.
Sadly, Pandoro doesn’t seem to be taking advantage of its privileged position, and is currently not in the running for the title of best tea in Wellington.
My marks out of 10:
Cup: Acme 1. Say no more.
Tea: TLeafT English breakfast teabag, 3. One teabag in a large pot does not a good cup of tea make. The visitor from Dunedin, who is also drinking tea, agrees.
Setting: 6. Nice cafe in a lovely old building, friendly staff and great company.
Dog-friendly? Not obviously, but possible – Wellington is a lot more sensible about dogs than Auckland is.
Open after 3pm? Yes! We get there about 3.30pm and stay for nearly an hour.
Pandoro Panetteria, 89 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington