Food cart offers views to dine for

22:13, Dec 18 2013
 Ali Rahsepar
BACK ON BOARD: Chef Ali Rahsepar who is to re-open a mobile food cart at Tahunanui Beach. He started Ali Baba's there in 1998, and shut it three years later.

Ali Rahespar is re-opening his food cart, which has arguably one of the best views in Nelson.

The chef first opened Ali Baba's Gourmet Cafe at Tahunanui Beach in 1998.

The intricate wooden cart, with its al fresco dining looking out to Tahunanui Beach was a favourite dining spot for many Nelsonians.

After three years of running the cafe, which was open seven days a week, Ali and his wife, Sheryl Copeland, decided to close the cafe to focus on other activities and raise their family.

But now their children are teenagers Ali is excited to get back to the beach and offer Nelson his special Mediterranean fare.

He hopes those that stop by can enjoy his famous Persian hospitality and watch the sunset and the ever-changing Tasman bay.


Ali plans to open his cart on Saturday and Sheryl said people can expect something colorful and a little bit different than last time.

He will be open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11am to sunset.

He said food is his passion and he's looking forward to getting back to the beach and meeting up with all his locals.

Sheryl said people have not stopped asking them if they planned to go back to the beach,

This time the cart will be based on the grass area beside Rocks Rd.

Sheryl said they will play music and road noise will not be a problem.

Ali will set up a shade cloth like last time and have different bean bags, but were not giving too many details away before Saturday's colourful reveal.

They would like to encourage people to play volleyball or other family sports on the beach in front of the cart.

Sheryl said in the time that they have not had the cart they have run a number of different businesses.

Ali has also run a food stall at the Saturday market.

His food will be healthy, tasty kebabs and burgers and he plans to cater for vegetarians as well as meat lovers.

"He's going to make a beautiful ambience as he always does. I'm sure Nelson is going to be thrilled to have it back on the beach," Sheryl said.