Flavour matters at Cafe Royale
You can taste the difference at Cafe Royale.
While many cafes and restaurants claim they serve appetising food, owner Robert Winter, knows his dishes have that essential, added ingredient called flavour.
It’s due to his commitment to buying fresh, organically grown, free-range food and cooking it on the premises.
‘‘We offer a bigger flavour of food. It’s proper food that doesn’t sit on the shelf and is better for you than heavily processed yuck,’’ he says.
Robert recommends his eggs benedict as an example. All Cafe Royale’s ingredients are homemade or sourced. They include fresh, homemade sourdough toast with free range bacon, eggs and homemade hollandaise. His eggs come from Linton and the bacon from Freedom Farms.
Robert compares his delectable dish with machine made white or wholemeal bread, factory farmed bacon, cheap factory cruelty eggs and bought in hollandaise.
‘‘That’s why you can taste the difference at Cafe Royale in Square Edge,’’ he says.
Another example is Robert’s three egg omelette. The free range eggs are complimented with fresh herbs from his own garden plus free range bacon or ham with locally sourced feta, cheddar, onion and mushrooms.
Then there’s Robert’s ‘‘jewel in the crown,’’ his big breakfast. To his free range eggs, he adds his sourdough toast, Freedom Farm bacon and sausages from non-caged, happy pigs and grilled tomatoes and mushrooms from a local collective.
‘‘Many of my customers tell me there’s so much more flavour in the dishes we provide for them,’’ he says. ‘‘We welcome people to come in and experience the difference.’’
Cafe Royale is currently making application to join Conscious Consumer. It’s a New Zealand-based app that individuals and the business community seek out to identify with their own lifestyle.
Conscious Consumer is a purchasing app which aligns with people’s values in such criteria as fair trade, waste, vegan or plant based food and plastic free. It’s becoming one of the fastest growing tech companies nationally.
To achieve their membership Cafe Royale must be accredited in a number of areas and Robert is confident his cafe ticks all the boxes. For example Cafe Royale is plastic free. Its straws and takeaway containers for coffee or soup are all compostable.
Accreditation has begun and, if and when Cafe Royale receives approval, it will be the first cafe in the Manawatu to be acknowledged in the app.
He points to the added recognition Cafe Royale could receive.
‘‘The spend from people belonging to the app was $1.2 million last month,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s important for us to walk the talk.’’
Robert Winters with two of his ‘benes from heaven.’