As fans of the pre-earthquake LCC, we were well overdue to try the post-earthquake version and so we stopped in for lunch on a Sunday.
Coffee was very good - could have been a bit warmer, but the baristas here are excellent. I've bumped the food score up a bit for it. Mr had the BLT and a potato side salad. It was ok, filling, but nothing noteworthy. I had a feta courgette and sundried tomato tart, though I am not sure where the feta was. The pastry was dry and chewy.
I would have had a slice but they were miniscule. Seriously, I would be surprised if they measured even 1x2 inches. And for $4-5 a complete rip off. So no. It's a shame, because I remember the slices being delicious pre-EQ.
Service and environment was abysmal. The resident DJ was SO LOUD I had to literally (using that word properly here) yell what we wanted at the girl at the till in order to be heard. I got the feeling that they were trying to emulate another well known CHCH coffee establishment, known for their loud music - a place I actually quite enjoy because despite the loud music you can still have a conversation.
Our food took ages to arrive, because they had actually delivered it (minus the side salad) to another table. We saw the staff member drop it off to another table, where the patrons weren't sure if the others they were seated with (currently away from the table) had ordered it, so he just left it there. And there it sat, for a long time. We didn't twig then that it was ours because it was missing the salad - until another staff member came along, picked it up and tried to drop it off to us. After it had been waiting out in the open (we were outside) for ages. No. So at least they redid it for us, and our food later arrived with the salad.
Even apart from the above, the staff seemed confused and bewildered - coming out with people's food shouting to the general area "Who ordered X?". There were no numbers on the tables, or any other markers.
I wouldn't bother visiting again. Sad, but it really doesn't live up to it's earlier self.