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By Tom• 14 Feb 2019
Miss Fortune's is a gleaming diamond in the rough: a perfectly colourful, Wes Anderson-esque café, set in the industrial backdrop of Seaview, Lower Hutt. At 105 Hutt Park Road, there's nothing that comes near it for miles, in either character or quality.
A vibrant beacon in a sea of stucco, Miss Fortune's calls out to the street with the same busy, yesteryear-come-carnival charm as its nearby big sister café, Seashore Cabaret. Inside, it's cool and colourful with a mellow pastel palette, wooden floors, unobtrusive greenery, and just the right amount of Vietnamese-flavoured paraphernalia and kitschy objects.
Sit outdoors, indoors, or in the little courtyard out back, and bring your pooch along for the ride; the staff welcome fur-pals just as warmly as they do customers.
The fine selection of freshly made pies, flat breads, salads, breakfast burritos, scones, lamingtons and other signature savoury and sweet treats are dreamed up by head baker and manager, Rebecca Guppy. Imagine Deluxe-meets-Seashore Cabaret-meets-Maranui, but with its very own distinct flair and range of goods. The coffee: a good dose of Good Fortune – owned by the same folks (hospo stalwarts, Matt Wilson and Freya Atkinson) and available to buy fresh on-site.
The pumpkin feta pie with walnut/oat crust is divine, the scones (particularly the cheese with caramelised onion) are top notch, and the gluten-free date and buckwheat slice proves that a little slice of nice need not be naughty. You'll find Kiwi classics in the form of sausage rolls, and the best - yes, I said it - the best custard square I've ever eaten.
(Shout-out to local youngster Millie, who proudly informed me that the berry doughnuts are her "favourite food ever".)
Miss Fortune's is just minutes’ drive from Petone, Lower Hutt and Eastbourne, and well worth a destination visit, even if you’re not passing by. Although not open on weekends (currently Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 3.30pm), I expect it won't take long for word to spread about the magic and wonder of Miss Fortune’s.
A little jewel in the rough, serving seriously great counter food and Good Fortune Coffee.
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