Homegrown fare in New Regent St

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 08:46 07/02/2014
Alex Davies
Stacy Squires
HOME-GROWN: Alex Davies creates small dishes from local produce.

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These days, we are all about being local - supporting local market gardeners, coffee roasters and winemakers.

New Regent St cafe Shop Eight is offering Christchurch foodies the chance to support a variety of local producers under one roof.

A Local Food Project founder and chef-with-a-conscience Alex Davies has teamed up with cafe owner Liz Phelan and the cafe is now also a restaurant and wine bar in the evenings.

Davies' focus is on growing locally, foraging and natural food. He is behind the pizza oven at the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion and works out of a tiny kitchen at Shop Eight on weeknights.

He creates entre-sized dishes almost exclusively from local foods. "It's better to have the food dictate me rather than me dictate the food," he said.

"It's nice to try a few things when you eat out, not just one big meal."

Davies plans the menu around what's seasonally available, keeping costs low and ensuring the food is fresh.

This week's menu includes a plate of poached egg and courgettes with Graft Junction feta and walnuts.

At the weekends, the cafe will offer charcuterie, Waipara wines and local cheeses.

Shop Eight is a small space on the ground level, with ReKindle offices on on the top floor.

However, Davies has carved out a small kitchen for himself in the back of the shop with space for homemade preserves and a small workspace.

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