Ca­pers buf­fets are a big draw for hun­gry cus­tomers

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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.

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