Cafe chat: Still baking
The top hat lights were saved from the old Lumes cafe in High St next to World and have reappeared in David Pai's new Lumes eatery on the corner of Lichfield St and Fitzgerald Ave. A new addition to the cafe is one of the city's most expensive coffee machines, a Synesso, that Pai says has features which add a 'new dimension' to the traditional coffee taste. He'll be introducing a rotating variety of guest coffee blends to give people a chance to experiment with different coffee tastes. Chef Jen Hawke is still going to cater to the sausage rolls and pie tastes of the cafe's new neighbourhood but is introducing a range of vegetarian and gluten free options. Open Mon-Fri, 7am- 4pm.
Since watching the back of the Kookery Nook Bake House in Merivale collapse behind them in the February quake, David and Claire Dunn have concentrated on just wholesaling their bakery products to cafes around the city. Missing the public interaction however, they've opened a cafe at their bakehouse in Harris Cres, Papanui. Claire Dunn says they'll still be concentrating on their popular Kiwiana-themed baking including lolly cake, belgium biscuits and ginger kisses. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm
Best of winners
Pegasus Bay Winery (Waipara) is named the country's best Winery Restaurant in this year's Cuisine Restaurant of the Year awards and Edesia (four stars)and Pescatore at The George (four and a half stars) are named in Cuisine's Top 50 NZ Restaurants. Pescatore received special praise from the award judges for its corned duck, raspberry vinegar marshmallow, duck crackling and watercress entree so to celebrate, the dish is on the restaurant's menu for two weeks ($22) from today. Phone 03 371 0257
Catering Dept is putting on a breakfast bistro from Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24 between 7.30am and 11am at C4HQ2 (C4 at 278 Tuam St). It's the ordinary with a twist as the French toast is brioche with peaches, goat's cheese and truffled honey, the eggs are Turkish spiced with chilli and cumin tomato braise and the porridge is brown rice pudding with rhubarb, ginger and maple syrup. For the full menu or to book phone 03 365 2873 or email magic@catering dept.co.nz
On the box
Local wine guru and writer Yvonne Lorkin's new show Thirsty Work debuts on Sky's Food TV tonight at 9.30pm. Lorkin takes viewers on a tiki tour of the country's vineyards and breweries getting to know the personalities and passions of the different producers. In the first series she visits the Hawke's Bay (Clearview Estate, Alpha Domus HB Amateur Winemakers and Brewers, and Crossroads). Look out for the Canterbury producers on Wednesday, September 26 in the last episode when Lorkin visits Pasquale Vineyards, Your Shout Brew Shop and Greystone/ Muddy Water.
If you've been wondering what's happened to Pepperoni Pizza, the old Stanmore Rd eatery has reopened in Madras St next to Countdown and opposite the CPIT. Open Mon-Fri from 10am till late and Sat from 5pm till late. Neighbouring cafe, Black Betties is also open now on Tuesday to Saturday evenings until 11pm. Try the DIY dinner and share a Black Betty Hot Rock for up to four people ($28.50pp).
On its way
Look out for Pedro's House of Lamb which is scheduled to open once the licensing is signed off. The temporary container-style takeaway outlet will be located at the Liquor King site on Carlton Corner and serve Pedro's signature dish of lamb shoulder and scalloped potatoes. The restaurant was hoping to reopen on its old site on Worcester St but is looking for a new spot now that the council has other plans for that central city area.