25 April 2014

Cafe Grind: Bus Stop Takeaways

Sharon Greally

15/08/2012 11:50:00 a.m.

Bus Stop Takeaways, 50 Dixie St, Te Horo Beach,
Coffee: Supreme.

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.

Best of Wellington 2012


  • Making housing affordable 27/03/2013 10:06:00 a.m. With home ownership rates falling and many struggling to play higher rental costs, making housing affordable has risen to the top of the political agenda.
    Joel Pringle, campaign manager for Australians for Affordable Housing, and Charles Waldegrave, from the Family Centre, will address a meeting as part of a public discussion on housing at Thistle Hall on April 8.
    Waldegrave will look at the human faces of housing unaffordability while Pringle will suggest ways to build public support for affordable housing policies in New Zealand.
  • Food to the rescue 27/03/2013 10:06:00 a.m.
    Food rescue organisation, Kaibosh, has been named supreme winner at the TrustPower National Community Awards.
    The Wellington based service group collaborates with food retailers and producers to rescue surplus food that is good enough to eat, but not good enough to sell, preventing it from being discarded into landfills.
    Since its inception in 2008 Kaibosh has rescued over 285,000 meals – that’s 100 tonnes of food redistributed to where it’s needed most.