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.