Just aminute, while I pick youa fresh lettuce
‘‘You can’t get anything more local or organic than that,’’ says Cafe´ Royale owner, Robert Winters.
Robert is referring to the urban garden that’s been planted by the Community Arts Centre in the courtyard at the back of Square Edge.
The garden produces vegetables, herbs and flowers which Robert uses as part of his sustainable business practice which has seen him supporting local or organic producers throughout the region.
Cafe Royale’s point of difference is its commitment to the region’s producers, whether they’re suppliers of free range eggs, organic wheat, heritage breed sausages and chorizo from Horowhenua or fiery sauce from Feilding-based Chilli Wind.
As well as food, Robert seeks packaging that is environmentally friendly and compostable. His takeaway coffees come in paper cups with lids that are made from potato starch.
Christmas is a busy time for Cafe Royale and the artisans who work from Square Edge.
The festive season begins with the Community Art Market tomorrow night (December 1). Square Edge will be open until late, welcoming people and encouraging them to buy individual Christmas gifts made on the premises.
Cafe Royale is playing its part by preparing delicious street food for people to enjoy while admiring the work on display and for sale. It will also offer its unique Thursday night pizzas at two for $20.
The cafe is hosting a number of Christmas parties and private functions, including the preparation of a vegan feast. However, it welcomes casual diners and people seeking one of Robert’s distinctive (imported and in-house roasted) coffees plus a choice of food from the cabinet or his extensive menu.
A speciality of the house is his spiced potato Vadapav burger with salad and home made bun or his jackfruit burger.
Robert explains that jackfruit is a small tropical, tasty fruit which absorbs and enhances other flavours such as barbecue and Jamaican jerk.
‘‘They are in constant demand,’’ he says.
During December cocktail pianist Chris Dann will entertain on Friday nights with his selection of popular jazz classics and will remain a regular entertainer at the cafe during 2017 from Wellington Anniversary weekend onwards.
Cafe Royale will only be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. The cafe will remain open daily with the exception of evenings seven days a week throughout the holiday period.
‘‘We enjoy welcoming seasonal tourists,’’ Robert says.
‘‘There are some travellers from Wellington to Auckland who break their journey in Palmerston North just to enjoy the food and coffee from our cafe.’’
Cafe Royale owner Robert Winters shows off the urban garden from which he chooses his fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers.