Red Kitchen, still the hottest place in Te Awamutu

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires Ryan and Alex Burke may have felt the weight of hospitality history when they bought Red Kitchen Café & Store in Te Awamutu in June. It is a local institution, on the sunny side of Mahoe Street, spacious and friendly, the place where you’re guaranteed good coffee and food […]

Mighty Oak in Morrinsville

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires “Build it and they will come,” is the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, and it seems a pretty good fit for Oak Eatery, in Morrinsville. Oak is the up-to-the-minute café at the Lockerbie Estate on the northern outskirts of town, and on this blue-sky Friday morning […]

Dot & Winnies

By Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee DeCaires There is something familiar about Hamilton central’s newest eatery – Dot & Winnie’s. It could be the space, which was once Mr Milton’s, a much-loved café that disappeared a few years ago. It could be the smiling faces that greet you. This small team, led by owners Mike and […]

Coffee Conversation

If, as café customers, we’ve learnt one thing post Covid, it’s patience. The hospitality industry has been hit hard by a pandemic of staff shortages. Most have signs on their doors advertising for baristas, chefs or wait persons. The government-imposed hoops to jump made acquiring permanent staff from overseas arduous and time consuming. Many of […]

Parsnip Tarte Tatin

I do love a classy tart for lunch on the weekends, and this pretty little pie of sorts is just the ticket for a dreary winter’s day. Caramelised rounds of soft carrot and parsnip are nestled in a crunchy bed of mustard, crème fraîche and flaky pastry all showered in thyme and creamy chevre. Serve […]

Flavours a Plenty in Local Challenge

This autumn, local eateries were challenged to create a winning dish inspired by beautiful local Bay of Plenty produce. Twelve eateries from around the region took up the Plates of Plenty Challenge, receiving a box containing local mushrooms from Fat Guy Fungi, El Jefe Meats sausages, Small Batch chocolate hazelnut butter, Ohiwa Black Diamonds truffle […]

The Sweet Success of Ambrosia

At a young age, Kris Beehre was told not to play with his food, but now “that’s what I do for a living”, he says, laughing, as we talk about the rich history of his Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar. Ambrosia sits among the hustle and bustle of Eat Street in Rotorua. You wouldn’t know it, […]

Pull up at Deckchair

If location, location, location is the number one rule of real estate then Deckchair Beachfront Café at Mt Maunganui gets a very big tick. It is slap-bang opposite the Mount’s main beach on Marine Parade, in a “city central” dining strip with enviable sea views, generous frontages and outdoor tables; a magnet for people ambling […]

Baked Pancake w/ Vanilla Custard and Apple Compote

Bring on Brunch with Hayes Common Brunch, possibly the best innovation in mealtimes! And what better way to spend a leisurely weekend brunch than with some friends at a great spot like Hayes Common. These guys know how to brunch! For the traditionalists who love a big breakfast, their Commoner has free range eggs, thick […]

 Raising the Cup

Words Vicki Ravlich Horan Only a year ago it was suggested that $7 flat whites were in our not-too-distant future, and while people appeared to be in disbelief, it does seem to be happening sooner than we all expected. So what does the ever-rising cost in the cup mean for coffee lovers? I caught up with […]