Say cheese: Tawa cafe El Porteno sells more than 30,000 cheese scones

Say cheese: Lisandro Walfisch says his cheeses scones are world famous in Tawa.
PHOTO: VIRGINIA FALLON/FAIRFAX NZ

Say cheese: Lisandro Walfisch says his cheeses scones are world famous in Tawa.

Think you know what it takes to make a good cheese scone?

A Tawa cafe owner says his scones are the best around and that he's got the numbers to prove it.

In the past three years more than 30,000 cheesy treats have flown out the door of Lisandro Walfisch's Tawa cafe. The recipe for the success is simple.

"World famous" in Tawa.
PHOTO: VIRGINIA FALLON/ FAIRFAX NZ

"World famous" in Tawa.

"You have to use real ingredients, real cheese, real butter and keep it simple.

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"Obviously I'm not giving away the recipe but that's some of it."

Lisandro and his wife bought cafe El Porteno three years ago and he has kept a meticulous record of the scones sold to hungry customers.

The number was even more surprising considering cheese scones don't exist in Lisandro Walfisch's home country.

"No, you couldn't get a cheese scone in Buenos Aries," he laughed.

While the cafe's decor echoed the colours of Argentina, Walfisch said he didn't want to mess with Kiwi favourites - like the scones.

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"We have 80 per cent Kiwi food in here and the rest is quite like Kiwi."

While the scones were what the cafe was known for, he was quick to give credit to the previous owners.

"They already sold them and people loved them, we just changed the recipe a bit."

Once the recipe was perfected it was never changed, each batch was exactly the same as the last, he said.

As well as quality ingredients, it was important the scones were baked fresh and staff baked scones throughout the day instead of just one batch in the morning.

"If you have a scone straight out of the oven it is wonderful."

Argentinians ate more meat than their New Zealand counterparts and pastry was a common ingredient in cultural food, he said.

The cafe business was a natural step for Walfisch who trained as a physical education teacher before he ventured into the hospitality industry.

He trained as a professional bartender before buying the cafe as a going concern.

While it was mainly locals who bought the scones during the week, weekends and holidays bought scone-seekers from further afield.

 - Stuff

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