Cafe Grind: Bus Stop TakeawaysSharon Greally
15/08/2012 11:50:00 a.m.
Rating: 5 out of 5
I’ve often wondered what happened to the fabulous cook, Kirsty, from Kalamata Café in Karori.
And here she is, she’s upped sticks and moved up the coast to Te Horo Beach and is now serving her wares out of the Big Blue Bus, a classic 1964 Bedford, parked outside her cottage.
When we visited, the bus was alive with laughter and good company – the locals have been quick to adopt this as community central. Bunting hangs across the entrance, there are red Cape Cod chairs to sit outside in the sun, and the colourful oilcloth seats in the bus all make a cheery welcome. You feel like you’re on holiday.
Kirsty’s signature baking still hits home. Its good soul food, ‘made and served with love’, she quips.
We started with spicy red lentil soup ($7), which was delicious, served with foccacia. Also on offer were chicken and leek pies ($4.50), cheese puffs ($2.50), toasted sandwiches ($5), hot balsamic braised beef sandwich with coleslaw ($7), and smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese and capers ($7).
There were good old-fashioned sponge drops with ginger cream ($3), plum and rhubarb Danish pastries ($3.50), as well as chocolate brownies and other temptations.
All the food is home made, and Kirsty makes a good brew – the coffee was perfect. There are also Kirsty’s own crafts and preserves for sale.