The Local: Rosebank Coffee and Kitchen

Industrial estates and arterial routes, the domain of lunch bars, high vis vests and work boots are not where you would expect to find the most divine french toast ever – it was almost too beautiful to eat!

French toast, banana toffee, mandarin, grand marnier and salted cocoa crumble

French toast, banana toffee, mandarin, grand marnier and salted cocoa crumble

Unassuming from the outside, the tinted glass sliding doors open to reveal a cavernous light-filled space – a high stud with black acoustic panels juxtaposed with concrete walls, beams, lots of glass and feature lighting.  Clever seating zones create spaces for work (plugs galore) and business meetings; communal tables encourage conversation, and there is table service for those who have time to sit back and relax.

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One of the owners, Carlos said their focus was on creating a welcoming neighbourhood cafe – for local people and businesses alike.  Friends and families meet for coffee, or indulge in a leisurely breakfast, brunch or lunch. Somewhere local businesses can take clients out for a lunch, without the hassle of driving into the city and finding parking; they're licensed too.

Open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Saturday and dinner Thursday and Friday nights, it’s a beautiful space with a truly inventive menu created by Johannes Carroux – the dishes below were captured on their way from the kitchen to eagerly waiting customers. The counter food looked pretty spectacular, and there’s a dinner degustation-style menu launching soon so a return visit is definitely on the cards.

Line caught fish with broccoli and quinoa fritters with sunflower and miso butter

Line caught fish with broccoli and quinoa fritters with sunflower and miso butter

Scampi with garden vegetables and greens, crushed potato with nut butter vinaigrette

Scampi with garden vegetables and greens, crushed potato with nut butter vinaigrette

If you live or work anywhere near Avondale then Rosebank Coffee and Kitchen on the corner of Rosebank Rd and Jomac Place should definitely become your local.  Open Monday - Saturday, for more information phone 828 6110 or www.rosebankkitchen.co.nz.

If you think your local deserves some glory, comment below and tell us why it’s worth going out of our way to check it out.

Michelle

ps don’t forget to put those clocks forward on Saturday night!

 

 

Baker & Co

It was surprisingly empty when we arrived.  Located on a suburban street in a neighbourhood strip of shops, we anticipated Baker & Co to be buzzing with locals late on a Saturday morning.  The quiet didn’t last—people came, ate and went as we wiled away an hour or so catching up over coffee and a scrumptious, freshly baked roast pumpkin, spinach and feta brioche.

The sun streamed in the big front window.  White walls, pastel dipped wooden furniture; pretty hanging plants in terracotta pots and a French country-style dresser brimming with packets of pale pink rocky road, create a light and airy space.  Set down off West Tamaki Road there’s plenty of parking; the local traffic goes by un-noticed.

Cute hanging plants

Cute hanging plants

Rocky road to go

Rocky road to go

The cabinet is crammed with enticing savoury brioches, sandwiches, pies and sliders, sweet and savoury tarts, cakes, donuts and slices. Every tasty morsel is made on the premises.  Excited to discover a twist on old favourites too: rhubarb and lime Louise slice and lemon meringue donuts, with afghans iced with chocolate and a walnut, just like our Mums used to make.

Afghans like Mum used to make

Afghans like Mum used to make

Lemon meringue dobuts

Lemon meringue dobuts

Baker & Co make tantalising flavoured whole cakes for special occasions from: chocolate and salted caramel to chocolate and raspberry, and raspberry and pistachio too. We spoke briefly to Tasmyn as she put the finishing touches on three delightfully decorated cakes for a 40th birthday party—you could almost feel the love that went into baking those beauties.

Whole cakes made to order

Whole cakes made to order

It might be short drive away but definitely worth jumping in the car.  Must remember next time to ask Tasmyn about why Baker & Co use disposable plates, cutlery and cups—not that I mind, just a random observation.

Open 7am until 3:30pm Tuesday to Friday and 8am until 2pm Saturdays.

235 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie

09 575 2420

Baker & Co

Enjoy your week.

Michelle