Now working on The Strand, not best known for its culinary offerings, the challenge to find new and interesting luncheries has been reignited with a vengeance.
A hop, skip and jump away from my office is The Chiller, sibling of The Fridge, a renowned Kingsland favourite for pies and other such deli delights.
Located amongst a creative hub of businesses including Saatchi & Saatchi and Aegis Media, The Chiller has a hungry target market, with little to no competition nearby.
As you walk into The Chiller, large glass cabinets scale the left hand side of the wall, with friendly staff readily on hand to take your order. A diverse range of salads should sate those in search of a healthy bite, while toasted prides, open sandwiches, wraps, frittatas, baked potatoes and pies all scream for lunch-goers attention. Not usually a fan of cabinet food, it is a surprise to find myself humming and ahhing like a kid in a candy store trying to decide what I would like to order, not because there is nothing to try but rather I want to try it ALL.
The toasted prides are comfort carbs of the highest order – warm focaccia, oozing cheese, hunger-busting fillings. Highly recommend the roast beef with caramelised onion closely followed by the vegetarian. The pies are usually sold out by 12pm sharp – say no more. And to enjoy the full splendour and choice of six fresh salads arriving at The Chiller no later than 1pm is strongly advised.
A juicer hums behind the counter as staff stuff fresh, raw vegetables and fruit in to create turbo-vitamin loaded liquid goodness. There are a range of fruits and vegetables to choose from, however in a desperate perhaps virtuous attempt at good nutrition, I usually get them to chuck em’ all in. And why not, it tastes great.
Now that I’ve got past the Big Taste factor which The Chiller undoubtedly dominates, the worrying Skinny Wallet characteristic of this place must be mentioned. If I was to eat at The Chiller every day for lunch, five times a week, ordering a juice at $5.50 with a toasted pride at $10 a pop, I would spend the following on work lunches alone:
• $77.50 a week
• $310.00 a month
• $3,720.00 a year
Salads are sized Small, Medium, Large priced $7.30, 11.30 and $14.30 respectively. While I strongly advocate and commend the fresh ingredients used in these salads, if you break the ingredients down for these salads the cost does seem somewhat inflated.
But perhaps you can’t put a price on Big Taste. The Chiller is always busy and the quality of the food and service cannot be questioned.
Overall rating: 7/10
• Location: 6
• Value: 5
• Service: 8
• Quality: 9
• Environment: 6
• X-Factor: 7
The Chiller, 114 St Georges Bay Rd Auckland 1052
Phone: 09-358 1145