Personality radiates throughout LeBakermen Café and Bakery – the unique and delicious food, the staff and a coffee experience to rival them all.
Will Leung is a connoisseur of coffee and artisan food. After a spell in Japan, mastering the country’s French way of baking, he finally opened his café in March. Will describes his baking as “Using French techniques for Japanese-style delicacies – but with a Kiwi kick”.
The famous Fairlie Bakehouse pies add to the cabinets – filled with tempting homemade bread and pastry aromas. With an in-house dessert specialist, the cabinets are filled with everything from Salted Miso Caramel cakes to buttery fluffy brioches.
Using Havana Coffee Works espresso from Wellington is one of the many ways to have a coffee here. The café specialises in soft brew methods such as pour-over drip, Siphon, French Press and Cold Brew. Will comes to the table to explain the process. “You can try a single origin earthy Mexican, well-balanced Cuban, a strong and nutty Brazilian or a sweet and fruity Ethiopian – it’s the coffee version of wine tasting!”
Head coffee maker, Vii, was a former Ara Barista tutor. The café also offers keep cups and coffee equipment for sale. The menu includes the likes of fluffy waffles for breakfast and The Loco Moco for lunch. “This is my absolute favourite,” Will says of this Hawaiian comfort dish.
Easily accessible, the modern, comfortable, new premises at 187 Wigram Road, Wigram has oodles of parking and seating. Open every day 6:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 8am to 3:30pm weekends. Facebook and Instagram showcase the LeBakermen personality.
Banter, a busy mobile Sydenham based café that’s got the recipe perfect, is run solely by two talented best mates.
Jasmine Mears and Emma Croxson have been friends for five years and have always dreamed of merging their chef and organic horticulture backgrounds to open a business together.
By 6am the cabinet is crammed full with scrumptious food including vegan and gluten free options and they use organic, local and seasonal where possible.
As well as the ready to go toasties, bagels and salad bowls with homemade sauerkraut, the girls offer a porridge with toppings such as cinnamon apple crumble with custard, as well as a daily soup served with Grizzly bagel toast from around the corner.
Serving Supreme coffee, Mikaku tea organically grown in Banks Peninsula, as well as a fresh lemon, honey and ginger, there is a hot drink choice to satisfy everyone. Superfood smoothies are also a winner if you are in need of a vitamin boost.
Although super convenient for a takeaway, just by the overbridge, there are woolly blankets and hot water bottles for those wanting to hang out.
Open 6am-2pm weekdays, they also offer workplace deliveries Wednesday to Friday. You can text your coffee order through to 021 0820 9942, and plenty of on street parking makes it easy to swoop on by at 500d Colombo Street, right next to The Drawing Room.
Settled comfortably in the Heathcote hills, Castle Rock Café prides itself on catering to every taste.
The café features a daily-changing cabinet full of fresh and baked seasonal products that complement the weekday menu, the tantalising all-day weekend menu and the sweets cabinet.
With local, organic and free-range food, and with dietary options to suit everyone from paleo to vegan, expertly crafted and proudly served coffee, Castle Rock is well worth the visit.
“I think what makes us stand out is that we all genuinely love food and what we do,” Head Chef and Manager Candice Davies says.
“I couldn’t ask for a better team especially with our new General Manager Zach Askew on board, who has an exciting new vision which we are all really excited about sharing with our customers.”
Castle Rock Café also caters for private functions, whether a morning tea shout, full lunch option or corporate canapes. The venue is also available for private hire.
“We are a small team of very passionate individuals who want to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere, amazing food, great coffee and exceptional service. Top that off with an amazing view of the hills, which at times even I find distracting,” Candice says.
“Though Castle Rock may be a little off the beaten track – we are definitely well worth finding.”
Renovations are being planned – an industrial contemporary design will align more with the area and fit better with the food. So watch this space.
Open Monday to Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Find out more at www.castlerockcafechch.co.nz.
Chances are, if you’ve been to Hanmer, you would have been to Hanmer Bakery Café. If not, you’re missing out on some of the best quality eats and drinks in town.
Located in the heart of Hanmer Village, Hanmer Bakery Café is the definitive culinary hotspot for locals and holiday makers alike.
Open seven days from 6am to 4pm, customers are served delicious food and provided with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, together with warm and friendly service. It’s the perfect destination for people before or after heading to Hanmer’s thermal pools.
An extensive range of affordable savoury items made on-site means all tastes are catered for and appetites are spoilt for choice. Gourmet pies with flavours like venison and redcurrant; steak, egg, cheese and onion; and even potato-topped beef, mushroom and red wine pies are a good place to start. You can even get a winter warm-up of pumpkin soup and a crusty roll.
Kiwi favourites like lolly cake, ginger crunch and custard squares are on offer too. Plus, a big selection of freshly baked bread, rolls, pastries, homemade donuts, scones and mega chocolate chip cookies are certain to satisfy any craving.
Hot drinks are also a passion and Hanmer Bakery Café serves up Grinders Coffee, alongside a selection of other drinks.
For more information visit www.hanmerbakery.co.nz or find the café at the Village Shopping Mall, Hanmer Springs.
The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions.
“It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim and Riccarton Road. It would be perfect for any restaurant, culinary dream, or a combined office space,” she says.
An interior designer from Amsterdam, Hedwig wishes to move on to her next project spending precious time with her gorgeous new granddaughter while concentrating solely on her Dutch-style catering business.
The landlord let Hedwig recreate the once drab, unnoticeable villa with colourful imagination. Amazing Dutch-designed wallpapers add delightful difference to the disco-glam ‘Arabian nights’ room, the light-filled ‘colour room’ and the must-see optical illusion bathroom. Husband Gregory restored its soft-pink exterior, polished floors and sturdy structure to its 1911 glory.
Her son and barista Quentin greets customers, while Hedwig conjures no-nonsense-great food from the spacious new kitchen. The café oasis serves Peruvian-origin coffee to the lucky customers working in the area – and many pop in for Dutch grocery items. The healthy award-winning smoothies, little Dutch poffertjes and oliebollen are delectable and specialties which are also sold at their Dutch stall at Deans Bush market on Saturdays.
Hedwig is off to Amsterdam this winter for her annual inspirational research. However, for interested parties, she can be contacted at email@example.com, anytime.
Villa 23 Café, 23 Mandeville Street, Riccarton (next to Flow Hot Yoga). Phone 03-343 3375. See Facebook/Instagram for details.
Rarely does a café tick every single box. The food, coffee, location, service and parking – all in a fantastic funky atmosphere. Dose Café does it so well.
The memorable breakfast menu is available seven days a week, until 2:30pm, with the French Toast being voted in the media as the top in town! The house-made brioche could be reason enough, but this paradise on a plate includes streaky bacon, sherbet mascarpone, vanilla ice cream, vanilla bean custard and Cointreau berry compote; decadently different, delicious – and very Dose Café. With sharing menus to cabinet food, it’s exciting, varied gastronomy.
The regulars are welcoming soup season. “The soup of the day is house-made fresh,” says owner Andy Shiau. “Last year our seafood chowder was so popular.”
Position-perfect on Blenheim Road, this neighbourhood café is the last refuel stop heading into or out of town – an escape haven, and just seven minutes from bustling Westfield Riccarton. Off-street parking makes popping in for takeaway coffee easy – for a double shot of Lyttelton Coffee Company’s finest that Dose Café does so well.
Popular as a function venue, the spacious interior’s large tables can be reconfigured or removed to cater for every sort of soiree from after-work parties to 21sts. “There’s no booking fee with a minimal spend,” Andy says.
“Our chefs are flexible, designing menus for each function’s requirements, for up to 120 guests.” There are craft beers, great wines, creative cocktails, and about 50 available carparks for evening events.
Dose Café, 295 Blenheim Road, Riccarton opens weekdays 7.30am-4pm and weekends 8.30am-4.30pm. Visit www.dosediner.co.nz.
With the seaside backdrop affording incredible views across Pegasus Bay and the New Brighton Pier itself providing access for stunning photograph opportunities, Salt on the Pier at New Brighton is a great location for your wedding or special event.
According to Sam from Salt on the Pier, there are some great packages to choose from for any budget from Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Premium menus, all providing a wonderful night of delicious food and a great choice of beverages for even the most discerning palate.
The company’s highly experienced front of house staff and great chefs, who are extremely talented and knowledgeable, are there to facilitate your event and make it easy, so you can have a relaxing experience on the day. With online booking available at www.saltonthepier.co.nz, it’s easy to get it sorted.
Just download the function information package to find out everything you need to know or call Sam on 03-388 4483.
If you have ever tried an authentic New York style bagel, you will know the difference between a real bagel and round bread with a hole in it.
Coffee Worx has been serving a great range of authentic bagels since it incorporated Yellow Rocket bagels into Coffee Worx after the earthquakes. If you are a fan of bagels, you will know that they are a low GI, low fat and an incredibly filling lunch or breakfast option. Coffee Worx also offers gluten free bagels, so everyone can be immersed in the definitive bagel experience.
Coffee Worx bagels are baked daily and made fresh to order into Sandwiches, Melts and Mega Bagels (with a hot meat filling), or simply split and toasted to be enjoyed with cream cheese. “We have a real fan base for our bagels,” says Deb Riach co-owner of Coffee Worx alongside her husband Ian.
“We are proud to offer such a high quality authentic product to our discerning market.”
Deb and Ian aren’t only proud of their bagels, but also all of their fresh cabinet food made daily on site at their two café locations in Rangiora and Sockburn. However, the true highlight of Coffee Worx is the freshly roasted premium coffee. Coffee Worx roasts its unique blends at Rangiora and distributes its high quality coffee to approximately 120 customers around the South Island.
For more information, visit www.coffeeworx.co.nz or call 03-341 5040.
The atmosphere in Seven Café at 11am is warm and welcoming. “This is coffee time and people really enjoy getting together for a chat,” says Vivi Xu, café owner.
As one customer is about to leave the café she remarks, “I especially like the vibe here. Do you cater for private functions? I have been looking for somewhere casual and not too big for my daughter’s 21st birthday celebration.”
She has come to the right place. Seven Café is very popular for 21st birthdays – or any birthday bash for that matter. It’s perfect too for corporate functions, engagement parties, baby showers or hens’ parties. From 5pm onwards, the café transforms into a function space for the exclusive use of the customer who has booked it.
“We have room for up to 50 guests,” Vivi says. “Our usual liquor licence is until 11pm, but we can assist customers to apply for an extended licence if that is what they require. In keeping with the informal theme for which we are known, we provide platters with all different kinds of finger foods – meats and cheeses, savoury items and sweet treats. People can simply help themselves.”
But Seven Café offers more than the inside of the café itself. Its outdoor marquee and courtyard can be booked for groups of 10-30 during the usual opening hours. It’s a unique meeting space ideal for breakfast, working lunches and meetings – and of course the café’s famous and much sought-after ‘High Tea’.
To enquire about holding your function at Seven Café call 03-348 1886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNG Construction Ltd is going from strength to strength. With countless completed building projects around the city, the team behind this dedicated company can provide you with the experience, knowledge and commitment to ensure your building project, commercial or residential, becomes a reality.
LeBakermen Café and Bakery at 187 Wigram Road offers a strong example of the level of dedication the company applies to every project. “The owner originally just wanted some help framing partition walls and installing Gib board, but soon learned we could help with organising subcontractors, mechanical services, electricians, gasfitters, plumbers and painters etc,” owner Dean Inglis says.
“We ended up helping him through the whole project from start to finish, including all paperwork, applying for and obtaining Code Compliance from the council on the owner’s behalf.”
LeBakermen Café and Bakery owner William Leung was very impressed by the company’s dedication to the project. “DNG Construction LTD has been very accommodating from start to finish. They were always one call away and ready to help. One of our ovens had no water lines connected, but DNG had them installed and connected in two days,” he says.
From design, to construction, to the finish product, DNG Construction is with you every step of the way, with the capacity to handle larger commercial project, residential builds and smaller maintenance jobs, including skylight replacement and bathroom refurbishments.
For more information, visit
dngc.co.nz, phone 03-741 1490 or find the company on Facebook.