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Spring brunch delights: Red Eight Cafe


Popular Kaiapoi eatery Red Eight Café has now introduced its delicious brunch menu every day.

 

 

Pastry chef Stephanie Reeves, owner of Red Eight, has spruced up the brunch menu for spring, and extended the hours it’s available. From 8am ‘til 2pm daily, except Sunday when it’s closed, the new brunch offerings are up for grabs.

The avocado on rye or rosti is always popular, Stephanie says. So, too, are the pancakes served with fresh fruit, butterscotch sauce, ice cream and gingernut crumble. Headlining the new menu, however, is the eggs benedict. It’s served on a crispy agria potato rosti with mushrooms and spinach, or bacon, or smoked salmon, and the hollandaise sauce is house-made.

 

In fact, everything at Red Eight is house-made. Stephanie and the team prepare everything right there, every day, including the sauces, aiolis and vinaigrettes. Even the milkshakes (very popular!) are made with sauces from real ingredients. Real bananas, real strawberries. No generic syrups.

That’s how it is at Red Eight. “It’s simple food, done well,” Stephanie says. “Tastes delicious and looks good on the plate.”

 

In addition to the new brunch menu, there’s a cabinet full of scrumptious delights, all, of course, freshly made in house each day. “To me, that’s the sign of a good café – if there’s so much choice that you can’t decide what you want.”
Open 7am ‘til 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am ‘til 4pm on Saturday, Red Eight also offers catering and venue hire.

To contact, phone 03 327 0136. Visit 143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, or check out the Facebook page.

 

 


 

Eat, Shop, Enjoy


There are plenty of reasons north of the Waimakariri River to tempt you out of the city because, although North Canterbury might be known for its picturesque landscape, it also has plenty of bustling hotspots and a jam-packed social calendar.

 

 

Kaiapoi’s Red Eight Café has been drawing people from far and wide with its delicious range of sweet delights, home baked pastry items and store-roasted coffee. We profile this heavenly hotspot in this issue.

A bit further north in Rangiora, Fools of Desire (F.O.D) offers something that little bit different – but in the best of ways. With a focus on sourcing local and seasonal produce and using free range, fair trade, organic and ethical products – there’s even a fully functioning beehive in store! – you’d be a fool for not heading here, pronto! The exceptional eatery introduced insects to its menu last year and pushed the culinary envelope again with the launch of a new keto menu earlier this year.

For those who are interested in exploring the popular ketogenic – high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate – diet, the team is hosting informative keto evenings with Caleb Ford from Keto Source New Zealand on 18 July and 22 August. To register, visit www.facebook.com/foolsofdesire.

Not only does F.O.D host a bi-monthly networking event, ‘Thrive – Inspiring Women’ (next held Thursday 11 July, visit www.realcommunications.co.nz/thrive), it’s also a huge supporter of the Waimakariri Winter Festival which draws 8,000-10,000 people to central Rangiora every year. Held on Sunday 21 July, there will be an exciting line-up of mostly free attractions, a High Street market, music, food and fun! Find out more at www.facebook.com/WaimakaririWinterFestival/.