We used Google Places on my phone recently to find somewhere new to try for brunch. We chose Lulu's Cafe on Ponsonby Road.
The cafe is quite small, homely and perhaps a little Italian and cosy in atmosphere - the cafe as a nice feel to it and I can imagine myself sipping coffee there and people-watching. They don't take credit cards - I mention this only because I think it's the first place I've come across in Auckland that doesn't!
Our meals were very generously sized, and the coffees were pretty good as I recall, although perhaps a litle weak (it was a few weeks ago I must confess!)
Simon had the pancakes with lashings of Maple Syrup and I went for an Omelette with fresh garden salad. I'm always a little dubious about ordering salads as they're often the ubiquitous mesclun mix plopped on the plate and served. This however was fresh, generous and absolutely delicious. The omelette was also great, and very filling!
Would we return? Yes, although we wouldn't call it a favourite. But if you were thinking of visiting Lulu's, we'd certainly encourage you to give it a go.