Mexico: Rosé Sangria

Mexico Takapuna are bringing a little fiesta to your place, with their delicious Sangria recipe! Quantity: 1 litres Ingredients 500ml x your favourite bottle Rosé ¼ red apple sliced ¼ orange sliced 3 x lemon wheels ½ peach sliced 8 x pieces frozen strawberries 20ml x rosewater 80ml x apple juice 80ml x cranberry juice […]

Zomer Cafe: Fish Pie

A lovely nostalgic winter warmer, with the addition of smoked kahawai makes it really special and really kiwi.  This is great for sharing at the table centre or storing in the freezer for holidays or special events. Serves 4 For the topping 750grams Agria potato. 50grams butter. 200grams grated tasty cheese. 1 Teaspoon fresh dill […]

Zomer Cafe: Blueberry Scones

They may look like muffins, but these delightful Zomer scones are something a bit different to try your baking skills on. Easy to make and a guaranteed hit fresh out of the oven. Ingredients: 115g cold butter 260g flour 100g sugar 2 ½ tsp baking powder 220g frozen blueberries 120g cream 1 egg Brown sugar, […]

Bird on a Wire: Katsu Chicken Burger

Thanks to Bird on a Wire for this delicious recipe for their Katsu Chicken Burger! Bring a Taste of Takapuna home to your family with these burgers – why not get the kids involved and get them to build their own! Ingredients (Serves 4) 4x Waitoa Free Range Chicken Thigh FilletsTonkatsu SauceMayoCornflourOil for cooking Asian […]

Nanam: Salmon ‘Binalot’

Experience Filipino cuisine at home this Taste of Takapuna month! Jess Granada from Nanam is sharing the recipe to her famous dish so you can create your own amazing Filipino-style salmon with candied walnut salad. Ingredients: Marinade: 100g shallots, chopped 200g gherkins, chopped 2 Tbsp fermented soybean 2 Tbsp fermented black bean 50g spring onion, […]

Profile: Chikara Sato, Head Chef – Tokyo Bay

Head Chef : Chikara Sato Tokyo BayMain Beach, The Strand, Takapuna Beach Chikara (Chika) Sato of Tokyo, heads the kitchen at Tokyo Bay Takapuna. He is regarded as one of the highest skilled Japanese chefs to have worked in New Zealand. Chikara is a specialist in the art of sushi and seafood. He has come […]

Profile: Simon Kirikau – Smokepit & Buoy

Smokepit & Buoy

Simon is the Executive Chef at Smokepit & Buoy restaurant, within The Spencer Hotel in Takapuna Tell us about the best thing that’s happened/happening in your year Definitely the highlight of 2021 has been that I got married!  We had an intimate wedding in our back garden, and of course, I organised and cooked all […]

Profile: Joseph-Paul Geo – Joe’s Eatery

Joes Eatery

Joe’s Eatery: Sharing the love of food Joseph-Paul Geo is Joe of Joe’s Eatery. He’s originally from India and has been in New Zealand for the last 23 years. His eponymous Eatery arrived on Hurstmere Road in July 2019, and quickly gained a reputation for seriously great coffee, delicious food, great wines and craft beers. Better […]

Profile: Steve Shute – The Elephant Wrestler

When was the last time you had a weekend off? What did you do with it? The last weekend I had off was probably in July. I spent the weekend with my family. Nothing over exciting. When you are in fast paced somewhat “noisy” environment all the time it is nice to just take time […]