New head chef at Stage Door Cafe

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

There’s a new face at Stage Door Cafe in King Street.

Owner Deb­bie Chad­field is ex­cited to have ap­pointed Tuma Tokona as her new head chef. Tuma comes from a lead­ing cafe in Pe­tone where he’s en­joyed a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence to Stage Door Cafe and has brought pas­sion and ex­cite­ment to the prepa­ra­tion of dishes here.

Tuma started ear­lier this month and is al­ready en­hanc­ing the range of dishes at the pop­u­lar King Street cafe.

‘‘We’re de­lighted to ap­point Tuma and have wel­comed the cre­ative ideas he’s brought to our menu,’’ Deb­bie says.

As well as a new chef, Stage Door has a new look menu to re­flect the win­ter months ahead.

‘‘For lunch we’ve re­tained some old favourites but also in­tro­duced new dishes also,’’ Deb­bie ex­plains.

‘‘For ex­am­ple, for the very first time, we now of­fer a seafood plat­ter with a twist – Cae­sar salad with cala­mari, crumbed fish, onion rings and creamy gar­lic prawns.’’

There are also two Stage Door burg­ers on of­fer, a beef and cheese burger or a fresh fish burger. These burg­ers are a gourmet treat that in­clude ev­ery­thing a burger meis­ter could want, Deb­bie says.

Stage Door Cafe also has a beau­ti­ful fresh Thai beef salad or cus­tomers may pre­fer a creamy or tomato-based pasta dish. There’s a soup of the day served with gar­lic bread along with some old favourites.

Deb­bie has re­tained their pop­u­lar break­fast menu which in­cludes Stage Door Eggs Bene­dict, a new and im­proved Bub­ble and Squeak and their fa­mous Big Break­fast but with a dif­fer­ence.

To the roasted tomato, potato hash brown, streaky ba­con and free range eggs, Tuma has added new flavours such as creamy mush­rooms and kran­sky sausages. There are also veg­e­tar­ian op­tions and half-size por­tions on the new menu.

‘‘We pride our­selves on pro­vid­ing the most sat­is­fy­ing all day break­fasts and lunches along with our tasty Ozone cof­fee and ex­cel­lent ser­vice,’’ Deb­bie says.

She has owned Stage Door for two-and-a-half years and is ex­cited about the fu­ture and the way the cafe is de­vel­op­ing fur­ther as a pop­u­lar in­ner-city meet­ing place.

‘‘Take ad­van­tage of the one hour free car park on the south side of Com­mu­nity House in King Street and come and en­joy what Stage Door has to of­fer,’’ Deb­bie says.

‘‘We are BYO li­cenced and now of­fer dis­counts for Gold Card hold­ers.’’

Stage Door is open seven days a week from 7.30-4pm, Mon­day to Fri­day, 8-3pm on Satur­day and 9-3pm on Sun­day.

Stage Door Cafe owner Deb­bie Chad­field with­newchefTu­maTokona.

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