Wa­haroa cafe tastes sweet suc­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

A cafe be­ing a fi­nal­ist for an award is a ‘‘coup’’ for Wa­haroa.

The Sweet Painted Lady’s man­ager Pat Jac­ques said be­ing a fi­nal­ist for the up­per North Is­land in the Clas­sic Kiwi sec­tion of the Cafe of the Year award was a sweet suc­cess for an area of Mata­mata that did not get much pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity.

She said the cafe en­tered that sec­tion be­cause it re­flected its menu, which in­cluded sausage and sauce sand­whiches and chelsea buns, and then cus­tomers were en­cour­aged to vote for them.

The award judges also ap­par­ently tasted the menu for them­selves, al­though Jac­ques said she did not spot them.

She said the truck­ies, who were a big part of the cafe’s cus­tomer base, ap­pre­ci­ated good cof­fees, as that fu­eled their long­haul drives. Tourists, com­monly driv­ing through from Auck­land to Ro­torua, Taupo or Hob­biton, also ap­pre­ci­ated the freshly baked goods and the sand­whiches that were made with meat cooked on­site, ‘‘which is like go­ing back in time,’’ she said. ‘‘It is what we know we would like in a cafe.’’

A trip to Lower Hutt may be in or­der as Jac­ques said she would like to taste the other fi­nal­ists’ menus one day, in­clud­ing the win­ner of their sec­tion, Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in the Welling­ton sub­urb. The Supreme winer was The Be­spoke Kitchen in Queen­stown.

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