What can one say about Crisp Café that hasn’t been said already? Locals come from around Christchurch and even as far as Ashburton, just to sample the great eats and beverages from Nick and Sue Leadbeater and their family- run café. Located at Shop 2 in the heart of the Fendalton Village Shopping Centre, Crisp Café is a warm and friendly family-run business, which you experience the moment you set foot in the door.
The most unique aspect of Crisp Café is the food on offer, particularly the addition of ketogenic or keto foods to the menu – keto is based on the concept of high-fat and low-carb. Gluten-free food also makes up more than half of Crisp Café’s menu, making it the definitive gluten-free go-to in Canterbury.
With a stunning selection of sweets, savouries, pies, slices and even some scrumptious cheesecakes, you are well catered for. Basically, if the centrepiece of your diet is of a gluten-free variety, you simply won’t find this level of culinary choice anywhere else.
A hot cup of barista-made coffee is never far away and the fully equipped kitchen is expertly run by Nick and his team. With a new menu proving very popular, and great weekly specials on hand, isn’t it time you visited Crisp Café?
Crisp Café ticks all the boxes when it comes to food, service, vibe and that all important parking question.
With an enormous shopping carpark to pull into, no steps to have to negotiate prams or wheelchairs and seating for 70, this is the perfect venue to catch up with friends, hold business meetings or reserve a table for that special occasion.
“Over half of our products are gluten free, as is our cabinet food,” owners Sue and Nick Leadbeater say. “Most of our menu can be adapted to gluten free as we’re fortunate to have a gluten free chef!”
Everything is made onsite. “Homemade food prepared with love can’t be beaten,” Nick says.
They serve Underground Coffee, with milk options covering everything from dairy through to almond, soy and coconut. New menu items feature burgers, nachos, seasonal soups and the popular fishermen’s basket. Children also have a new menu to get excited about, while the bagel and toastie menu has been revamped.
Renowned for their tasty, tummy-filling all-day breakfasts that warm the cockles and fire up all the cylinders, it’s no wonder patrons flock here – in droves. Make sure to check out the wall art from Canterbury University’s fine art students; the artworks change regularly and are all for sale; and if you’re in need of a last-minute gift, browse the display stands of small but beautiful items for inspiration.
Find Crisp Café and Gifts at 376 Ilam Road, open 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 7:30pm to 4pm weekends, phone 03 351 4414.