Living on the Chatham Islands for many years pushed Delwyn Lanauze to be creative with the resources she had at hand. This might go some way towards explaining the clever flavour combinations of the pies she has lovingly made in her café and bakery, Mrs Dentons, at 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside.
Venison, raspberry and cream cheese; the Chatham Island blue cod, parsley and leek; venison and mushroom are just a few. “We’re also one of the few places to do a scallop pie,” Delwyn says.
“That’s a big hit.”
This innovative take is also evident in the range of chutneys, horseradish and relishes on display, which includes cherry, beetroot and raspberry.
There are always fresh salads and soups – also with delicious flavour combinations such as Thai pumpkin and cauliflower – delicious cold deli options include lasagne, gluten-free frittata and tortilla stacks mean you’re covered for every meal and there are the usual sweet and savoury snacks, such as scones, cinnamon swirls and slices.
“I make exceptional scones and I don’t mind admitting that,” she laughs.
Mrs Dentons is also a stockist of the renowned Fairlie Bakehouse Pies, by Austrian chef Franz Lieber based in Fairlie, with six different flavour combinations to choose from.
Delwyn has also turned her very talented hand to art and there is always a beautiful range of her wares on display.
Mrs Dentons is open six days a week 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside from 7am to 3pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm Saturdays. Phone 03-357 4516.
It’s something of an institution on Springs Road in Wigram. For more than ten years the Gorgeous Food specialist bakery has been delighting locals and those from further afield, with its ‘gorgeous’ range of tasty classic and not-so-traditional freshly-made treats, both savoury and sweet.
“We are proud to have served the community for so long,” says co-owner JoAnne Fryer. “Our food is healthy and made fresh every day in our bakery using top quality ingredients. Real butter and eggs – baking the way it should be.”
Firm favourites are the delicious pies, quiches and sausage rolls, as well as the bakery’s own style muffins and scones, Dagwood sandwiches, filled rolls and wraps.
“We have been asked a lot lately for salads and we have really enjoyed creating some especially scrumptious flavour combinations that we have had to try ourselves, of course. We have a chicken teriyaki salad with baby corn and bok choy, a pesto pasta salad with smoked chicken and a roast pumpkin salad with beetroot and feta. They are really good to eat on a hot day – or any day for that matter.”
An array of slices too has customers returning. ”Our gluten-free caramel meringue slice flies off the shelves as does the citrus slice and the ginger macadamia slice. And we are famous for nana’s chocolate fudge slice – a much loved family recipe. A slice and a cup of our takeaway Vivace coffee – what better way to indulge yourself?”
Gluten free products are available, along with a great variety of options for business or home catering.
Where do you find fresh food, fantastic coffee, great service and a warm and friendly atmosphere like no other? Why Café PJ of course.
Located at 205A Hills Road since September 2017, Café PJ is the result of Pam Jones (hence the PJ) vision to create a café where fresh is best and a smile goes a long way.
Café PJ, open seven days, contains plenty of seating for you and your nearest and dearest, not to mention plenty of parking on and off site. All sweet and savoury eats, from scones to gingerbread figures, are made fresh each day, along with delicious gluten free and vegetarian options.
Café PJ’s popular all-day breakfast menu contains a mouth-watering selection of dishes including French Toast, Eggs Benedict and PJ’s Big Breakfast, giving you sausages, bacon, egg, hash browns and toast. Also, a five dollar kids menu is sure to keep the little ones entertained.
If the day is a hot one, a cool milkshake, iced coffee or chocolate, or even a beautifully prepared cup of coffee or tea makes for an enjoyable break. With the combination of friendly staff, delicious treats and quality surroundings, this is one spot not to be missed.
Bookings for large groups are taken regularly. For more
information, have a chat with Pam on 03-386 1372 or visit the website cafepj.co.nz or Facebook page, facebook.com/cafepj.