Late last year I had an opportunity to review the Good Home in Normanby Road, Mt Eden when it was a new establishment. I was impressed – incredible decor, extensive, yummy menu and a play area for the kids. It ticked lots of boxes.
A month ago, The Good Home took over the longtime Library Cafe in Church Street, Onehunga. It’s been the talk of our community since it’s the closest thing we have to a ‘local’ to spend weekend afternoons watching sport or catching a bite with neighbourly friends. When I was asked to review the Onehunga branch, I was mostly keen to see if this could become our new hangout. I have to tell you that I read some not so glowing reviews before making our own visit, so I wanted to make sure I was as objective and honest as possible when sharing our experience with you all.
The Good Home Onehunga is literally seven minutes drive from my home – even in peak hour traffic – so it made perfect sense to check it out for dinner on a night when Beau was staying with his grandparents and the remaining four of us could do something a little more “grown up” together.
I’ve spent plenty of time at it’s previous carnation which was a cafe so was eager to see what they had done with it since it changed hands.
The re-fit is impressive. The signature style of The Good Home shows itself in bold wallpaper prints, vast collections of artefacts on display in bar-back shelving, decorative feature lighting and a relaxed vibe.
We sat at an elevated table with bar leaners as chosen by the kids. Colouring sheets and pencils were delivered promptly with kids menus and a drinks list. The jam jar cocktails took my fancy right away and I ordered the El Diablo as we waited for my husband to join us straight from work.
After taking in the transformation from the previous decor and the change of ambience from cafe to restaurant, I immediately most noted the music playing in the background. A perfect score for the playlist which covered everything from Billy Joel to Stealers Wheel. We love music in our family and even the kids were singing along as they coloured to the classics.
The kids had a great range of options to choose from on their little menu – the usual suspects: Hawaiian Pizza, Fish N Chips, Cheese burger & Fries, Roast Chicken & Veges, Chicken Nuggets and chose a Pizza and the Cheeseburger and fries.
The service was attentive without being nagging, but our server was clearly new to her job. She apologised a couple of times for not being familiar with the entire menu, but was doing her best.
The Mr ordered the Angus Cheeseburger & fries with a Guinness to wash it down and I chose the Karaage Chicken and the Apple & Mint Slaw to accompany my cocktail.
Our food was served swiftly and was tasty as anything. We were outta there in just under an hour and a half which was a very relaxing and leisurely evening out with my baby daddy and my big kids.
The Good Home Onehunga boasts a fun family-friendly atmosphere with good quality hearty servings for an easy night out. I can absolutely see us frequenting it, even if for a late Saturday afternoon beer with friends.
* I was sent vouchers to facilitate this review