Waharoa cafe tastes sweet success
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.