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Kelburn kool…

A sunny Saturday (finally!) and a friend’s foodie tales of Kelburn beckoned.

A quiet start around 9am meant the opportunity to window peek and decide the sequence for sampling.  In the interests of brevity (Kelburn has a lot to offer), I’ll summarise where I think you’d go for the best offerings.

Kelburn Café – you can’t miss the advantage of morning sun and newspaper here.
After watching a continuous stream of people coming by for coffee, I too opted to try the LAffare on offer.  Smooth, silky milk throughout (not always easy with trim) and a pleasing creamy glossy finish. Very good.  The cheese scone that caught my eye on the counter wasn’t bad either.

The Original German Bakery – this is the place to come for breads, heavier dessert-style slices and hot cross buns.  Samples of said buns (both traditional and chocolate) were out the front on a wooden table to tempt passers-by.  Nice.

Cameron & Harrison Butcher and Deli – appealing rows of sausages and other meat goodies complemented by interesting deli products.   I succumbed to a purchase of the Glasseye Creek Wild Meat Sauce, with the most entertaining story label I’ve ever seen (the label alone is worth the price, truly).

Caffe Mode – the best show in town for eating in, cabinet or menu.  Sited in an old villa with front views of the lovely St Michaels Church, or rear views of bush and old Kelburn villas, this is a very pleasant spot to stop and relax.

I enjoyed a very pleasant bowl of muesli with yoghurt and warm berries, whilst browsing a magazine and watching the various staff disappearing and reappearing up the central wooden stairwell to the kitchen below.  A bit like magic really – go down with nothing, come up with delicious food!

The Platter Delicatessen – European styled, with all sorts of interesting products and condiments.  The owners (husband and wife, both present today), were very helpful in explaining products and suggesting new things to try.  I now have ideas for

the white asparagus, and came away with a bottle of The Platter’s own walnut vinaigrette (made using a French walnut mustard they also stock).  This is the place to come and pick up your dinner party ingredients (EFT-POS only though), or a quick dinner when you can’t be bothered yourself (chicken casserole with a tipple of whiskey, lamb bolognese with a tipple of pinot noir…), hand made pates, European style cheeses and meats, pies, and much more.  Hungry yet?

Dinner – I’m told the Yellow Chilli Indian is very good, there is a Mediterranean Warehouse branch doing pizzas in the old Keburn pub, and I also spied the Pratha To Go takeaways.  I’d come back and try these as something a little different in the takeaway space.  The folks from Roti in Willis Street, so should be good.

And if you happen to strike Kelburn on Kelburn Fair / St Patricks Day, with sun, jazz musicians playing on the street, fluffy green candy floss and green iced buzzy bee chocolate cupcakes, I think you’d just about pack up and move here…

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