Toko­roa cafe takes out na­tional award

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

‘‘I nearly cried when they an­nounced the win­ners. I had to fight back the tears.’’

A ham and cheese omelette made to a mag­nif­i­cent stan­dard and some good Kiwi ban­ter has seen a Toko­roa cafe de­clared a town trea­sure and take out a top na­tional award.

Rose­bery St’s Rumbly Tums cafe, which has a fo­cus on healthy old fash­ioned food all made in­house, was named Hellers Clas­sic Kiwi Award dur­ing the 2017 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards held in Auck­land on Thurs­day night.

Owner Cushla Ar­buckle said she couldn’t be more proud.

‘‘I nearly cried when they an­nounced the win­ners. I had to fight back the tears,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s just amaz­ing to re­ceive this recog­ni­tion from the judges and that we were good enough to take out the cat­e­gory.’’

Judges anony­mously vis­ited each of the fi­nal­ist cafes be­fore se­lect­ing the win­ners which Ar­buckle put down to her team’s ded­i­ca­tion.

‘‘They based the judg­ing on the wel­come when they walked in the door, the am­bi­ence, qual­ity of cab­i­net food, ser­vice, and the cof­fee,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t think I was work­ing when the judges came around so it re­ally does come down to my staff and it’s nice to know they are still be­hav­ing when I’m not there.’’

Judg­ing, tast­ing, and de­lib­er­at­ing was con­ducted by a highly-ex­pe­ri­enced panel led by es­teemed judge Kerry Ty­ack, who is also the head judge of the Cui­sine New Zealand Good Food Awards.

Ty­ack de­scribed Rumbly Tums as a ‘‘trea­sure in the heart of Toko­roa’’.

‘‘Ka pai Rumbly Tums. The warmth of your wel­come, the gen­eros­ity of your hos­pi­tal­ity, your choice of mu­sic, and your mag­nif­i­cent ham and cheese omelette brought smiles to the faces of the judg­ing team that lasted all day,’’ he said.

‘‘Home­made good­ies are al­ways fresh for those drop­ping in for a quick bite or you can chose from the black­board menu that shows what their lo­cals love. Ser­vice to the ta­ble is prompt and the cof­fee is dark and strong cof­fee.’’

‘‘There’s friendly ban­ter be­tween the cus­tomers in for their take­away cof­fee and enor­mous, freshly-made Ed­monds Cook­ery Book in­spired Yo-yo. All as­pects of this cafe, down to the in­gre­di­ents pro­claim this cafe is a clas­sic Kiwi trea­sure,’’ he said.


Rumbly Tums cafe own­ers Do­minic Mor­ris and Cushla Ar­buckle. Cushla Ar­buckle

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