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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
“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.noshcafe.co.nz
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!