Turning Up the Heat with Picnicka

The food at Picnicka, in Downtown Tauranga’s Thirty Eight Elizabeth, is simple, nourishing, and meant to be shared.  The menu plays with the contrast between raw, smoked and grilled dishes featuring distinct worldwide flavours. Head chef Ryan Allen shared with us his Pickled Chillies recipe – the perfect solution to your abundant chilli harvest this […]

Wright Moves at Clarence

Chef Simon Wright wasn’t really looking for a job when he noticed an advertisement for someone to head the kitchen at Clarence Bistro in Tauranga. The ad caught his eye last October when he was buying a Clarence package online for a staff member at Gather & Roam eatery that he and wife Creghan Molloy-Wright […]

Semifreddo with Seasonal Fruits

Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson This light and refreshing dessert will please kids and grown-ups on a warm sunny day. You can use any fresh seasonal fruits, but I would recommend strawberry and mint. 3 eggs 2 egg yolks ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 cup caster sugar 500g fresh strawberries, halved (or quartered if […]

Homemade Gnocchi

  Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson Light and fluffy, gnocchi is a delicious, inexpensive crowd pleaser for any Italian lunch you have planned. With ripe tomatoes bursting with flavour, in season my pick would be to cook some fresh tomatoes up with garlic, basil and olive oil and simply season with some fresh chili, […]

Spaghetti Vongole

Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson A glass of Soave and spaghetti vongole on a beautiful summer’s day is a match made in heaven.   150–200g spaghetti kosher salt 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided 1 garlic clove, sliced ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes ¼ cup white wine approx. 1kg cockles, tua tua […]


Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson A simple and refreshing Italian classic that relies on just three ingredients. Campari is an Italian aperitif infused with herbs and fruits that will bring a little punch of bitterness to the drink. You can choose your favourite sweet vermouth here, but it should be stored in the fridge […]


Words LIZ FRENCH | Images ERIN CAVE  For an experience straight out of a piazza in any bustling Italian city, simply head to Bar Centrale in Tauranga.  An elderly gentleman sits in the courtyard lingering over an espresso and courting conversation. Young mothers with babies in prams chatter happily over pizza at an outdoor table. A […]