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“I love calling into Salt Café on my way to the market, and I can’t get enough of their French brulée. I’d love to be able to make it myself. Would they share the recipe?”
Nicole Merritt is the owner of Salt Café in Whangarei, which she opened two years ago. She has since launched other eateries onto the Whangarei food scene, but has a soft spot for Salt as it was the first one to mark the realisation of a long-held dream to own her own café.
What do you think it is about Salt that appeals to your customers?
I believe it comes down to great customer service, building a fantastic rapport with our clients and being consistent in everything we produce. We also like trying new things as much as we can, to make us more of an attraction than just a regular café.
What is the most popular dish on the menu?
You can’t go wrong with the Kiwi favourite of a good eggs benedict on our housemade potato rostis, which are our customers’ fave at the moment!
How did you come up with the French brulée?
The idea came about from just exploring ideas with flavours and making a piece of artwork on the plate. We are all about the presentation.
What makes it popular?
I think that Kiwis just love French toast when dining out for breakfast, and we’ve hit the spot with our version of French toast and making it fancy by calling it French brulée.
What would you recommend for a quick bite to take away from Salt?
Our salted caramel slice is a crowd favourite and gluten free. Another bite-to-go is our gluten free vegetarian quiches, which seem to fly out the door regularly.