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Pie-maker extraordinaire: Mrs Dentons

“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight,” said baseball catcher Yogi Berra, but however big your appetite and whatever you crave, there is a stunning homemade pie for you at Mrs Dentons takeaway café and deli on Kendal Avenue.


Owner and pie maker extraordinaire, Delwyn Lanauze spent years in the Chatham Islands which brought out her resourcefulness and stimulated the creativity that she brings to her homemade goods.

“I love the freedom to create; I am constantly coming up with new ideas,” Delwyn says.

While you will always find specialty Chatham Island blue cod pies in the range, the sky is the limit beyond that.

The season might inspire a delight such as turkey cranberry and brie, while the following month a mussel, red curry and coriander pie is simply a work of genius.

There will be 55 gourmet pies including scallop pies at $5 each while stocks last (limit of three each and only homemade beauties, not the Fairlie Pies).

Delwyn’s sweet treats are legendary: her favourites are cinnamon scrolls, while date scones and cheese scones are fresh and hot every morning, but you’ll need to be quick.

There are also take home heat and eat meals – check Facebook for the weekly offering, plus a selection of homemade chutneys which change with the seasons.

Open Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm.


Mrs Dentons

Delicious & Delectable: Mrs Dentons

Mrs Dentons, situated at 168a Kendal Avenue Burnside, provides some of the tastiest tummy-tempting food in town.


Mrs Dentons


From mouth-watering pies, which are conceived from original recipes from the creative imagination of owner operator, Delwyn Lanauze, through to baked goodies, nourishing soups, fresh salads, scrumptious chutneys and relishes, take-home meals and gourmet coffee – everybody’s catered for.

It is thanks to Delwyn’s many years of residing in the Chatham Islands, where resourceful thinking is a must, that we get to savour every mouthful of her innovative cooking. “I’m a one-man band. I cook 99.9 percent of everything myself and, when I’m not cooking, I’m inventing new pie concoctions.”

Speaking of pies, Delwyn has recently introduced her latest flavours – the cream paua pie (the paua is sourced from the Chatham Islands) – to the bakery. “It’s proving just as popular as my other pies, such as the kangaroo, garlic and tomato pie; the steak, onion and blue cheese pie; and the creamy scallop pie.”

The bakery and café’s take-away cabinet is full of Delwyn’s delectable baking, featuring muffins, scones, rolls and sandwiches, plus family favourites such as chocolate peppermint slice, cinnamon rolls, apple strudel, and the traditional but timeless Eccles Cakes.

Delwyn also caters for small group functions, so if you’re wanting to impress your guests and send them home smiling, you know just where you should go.


Open Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm; Saturday 9am to 2pm. Phone 03 357 4516 or find them at


Mrs Dentons

Creatively clever eats: Mrs Dentons

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.

Mrs Dentons
Delwyn Lanauze

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.