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The scones from Welling­ton’s Pravda cafe are so pop­u­lar that book­ings for the restau­rant’s how-to classes caused the Welling­ton On A Plate web­site to crash, gen­eral man­ager Glen Hous­ton said. ‘‘We def­i­nitely do the best scones in­Welling­ton and we’ve been told they’re the best in the world ... I think $4.50 is a fair price for a scone but $5.50 is get­ting up there.’’

They don’t have cheese scones in Iraq, where Samy Yousif (pic­tured top) grew up, but they’re a hot favourite from his Porirua Cake So­ci­ety cafe. ‘‘We have other com­fort food but the scones are a New Zealand thing.’’ He sold his own scones for $4, and ex­pected some­thing ex­tra for $4.50. ‘‘There should be some­thing like a salad on the side of a cheese scone if it costs that much.’’

In Tawa, Lisan­dro Wal­fisch (pic­tured right) knows what goes in to mak­ing a good cheese scone: his cafe El Porteno has made 44,000 of them. Re­tail­ing at $4.50, the se­cret was con­sis­tency, he said. ‘‘You grow up eat­ing them and they taste like home.’’

Enzo Peace, man­ager of Min­istry of Food in Welling­ton, said scones were es­pe­cially pop­u­lar in the Cap­i­tal. ‘‘It’s such a Welling­ton thing. I’ve never been any­where else where it’s such a big thing.’’ The Min­istry’s scones, made from the owner’s grand­mother’s recipe, sold for $4.50, which Peace felt was just right. ‘‘For what you pay it’s a very fill­ing prod­uct.’’

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