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“My friends and I just love hav­ing lunch at Nosh Café in Ash­bur­ton – es­pe­cially their mus­sel chow­der. I would love it if they would share their recipe please?” Margaret Lam­bie, Ash­bur­ton

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“I use sim­ple tech­niques I have learnt over the years, and put my twist into it!”

NOSH CAFÉ Ash­ford Vil­lage, 415 West Street, Ash­bur­ton (03) 307 0070 Open 7 days; 8am-5pm | www.nosh­

FOOD talked to Vicki Waaka, who runs Nosh Café with hus­band Rangi...

Q How long have you run Nosh Café?

We opened Nosh Café in Fe­bru­ary 2010 at Bur­nett Street in Ash­bur­ton, but af­ter the ma­jor earth­quakes in Christchurch our build­ing was con­demned. We pur­chased the café at Ash­ford Vil­lage and haven’t looked back.

Q What do you think is the key to run­ning a suc­cess­ful café?

Lots of hard work build­ing and main­tain­ing the busi­ness, know­ing the busi­ness in­side-out, staff train­ing, and com­mu­ni­cat­ing to keep ev­ery­one on the same page. Plus hav­ing fun along the way!

Q What do you think sets Nosh apart from other cafés in the area?

We have a gar­den area that is al­ways full on warm days, and our build­ing was built in 1914, so there’s quite a bit of his­tory in these walls. But also con­sis­tency; our ta­ble ser­vice and meal check­ing is some­thing that we take pride in. We treat our staff as an ex­ten­sion of our fam­ily – we have a lot of ban­ter and our cus­tomers en­joy see­ing the smiles on our faces.

Q What would you rec­om­mend for a quick bite to take-away?

Salmon frit­tatas are al­ways pop­u­lar, as are our house­made pies and vege wraps. We have a tasty cab­i­net salad made ev­ery day, so you could have that on the side with a freshly squeezed juice. Plus a raw bliss­ball or Nosh’s fa­mous brownie – and you may as well grab a Moroc­can Slice for later…

Q What makes your chow­der so spe­cial?

I have no idea! I use the sim­ple tech­niques I have learnt over the years and put my twist into it – found by mis­take one day!

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