Eat Michael Pollan-style at new cafe KIND.
KIND’s name is inspired by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s assertion that “you can be strong and you can be kind.” The philosophy is carried through the businesses practices – like Crave, KIND’s business model is designed to give back to the community, with 80 percent of the profits go back into helping enrich Morningside.
The food takes cues from Michael Pollan’s guidelines: “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The menu is mostly plant-based, with eight out of 11 dishes meat-free. You’ll note the barbecue chipotle breakfast taco has pulled jackfruit in place of a meatier alternative. There's mushroom and leek ramen; whipped goat cheese with beetroot three ways and poached egg; and smashed beans with kumara and kawakawa silk – all vegetarian.
That said, meat lovers need not fear. KIND has made a conscious decision to offer bacon as a side, as an olive branch to meat eaters, aiming to send the message that while they are plant-based, they don’t discourage meat eating.
Like Crave, KIND is serving Supreme coffee but it’s the coffee machine that will catch your eye. The internal workings of the La Marzocco machine have been built into the bench (the first of its kind), so that you can talk to the barista more easily. Cottle says the machine embodies the cafe’s whole ideology: connecting people.