New head chef at Stage Door Cafe
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.