But­ter and flower

An Ep­som café is mak­ing bloom­ing de­li­cious dishes, served up in what is quite pos­si­bly the finest set­ting in Auck­land.

Element - - Food -

“When I go out I like to be ex­cited by the food that I eat. It brings char­ac­ter and oc­ca­sion when there is some­thing dif­fer­ent to of­fer.” So says Suellen Saw­bridge who, along with hus­band Ian, runs Bloom Café in Mt Eden. Bloom sports all nine Con­scious Con­sumer badges, some­thing of which the cou­ple are proud: We only use fresh, sea­sonal, qual­ity pro­duce and have an em­pha­sis on free range and or­ganic goods as we are con­cerned about an­i­mal wel­fare, too.

“Food is also about ex­cite­ment, cu­rios­ity and nostal­gia; for us, this is pos­si­ble only when you make ev­ery­thing your­self – in­clud­ing the jam for the Devon­shire Teas. It’s won­der­ful to see peo­ple dis­cussing our food – the new and the quirky as well as old favourites that re­mind them of mum.”

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