Capers buffets are a big draw for hungry customers
Relish is a word that cafe owner Russell Johnson knows all about.
It’s a sauce or seasoning that adds flavour to his delicious food at Capers Cafe. But it’s also the word to describe how his customers enjoy his Friday night buffets. They relish them.
The buffets are now into their second year and are proving so successful that people should book days ahead. Russell says last Friday was fully booked days in advance.
The tantalising $20 buffet consists of two courses and tea or coffee. The first course provides two choices of meat – ham and lamb or ham and beef – plus a range of freshly cooked and roasted vegetables.
The second course is one of Russell’s scrummy desserts followed by tea or coffee.
He describes his popular buffet as ‘‘good, tasty, honest homebaked food at an unbelievable price. People can’t purchase and cook a roast and vegetables for that price.’’
Since it started back in 2014, the buffet has attracted a wide range of customers from locals who live nearby to people throughout the city and those from the region, especially Feilding.
‘‘We have regulars who return time and again and enjoy the buffet, the tender meat, the roasties and the atmosphere,’’ he says.
‘‘We have one sitting at 6.30pm and people often come earlier to have a beer or glass of wine before the meal.’’
An added attraction is the location. Capers at Midway, Terrace End, enjoys ample free car parking and is close to other amenities such as supermarkets, pharmacy and shops.
While the buffet is one of the cafe’s highlights, Capers is a six day a week cafe offering breakfasts, lunches and an extensive range of food from the cabinet.
‘‘We pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive menu of cooked food at affordable prices with the cabinet selection and takeaway hot drinks for those who want to purchase and go,’’ Russell says.
‘‘If you contact us in advance we can cook for people with special dietary needs and we also offer gluten free food.’’
Capers’ reputation extends to private catering. Service groups such as Lions and Rotary have their meetings and dine at Capers while Russell and his team are kept busy out-catering for local businesses.
For many years Capers was in Broadway across from the Regent but Russell says the decision to move to Midway has been beneficial both in increasing customers and revenue.
‘‘We have brought loyal customers with us and attracted many more,’’ he says.
Russell Johnson, mine host at Capers Cafe.