Blue Belle at Island Bay
I went on a long walk around the city yesterday and found myself at the Blue Belle Cafe in Island Bay.
Online reviews talk a lot about their pies, and they do have a few, but their cabinet fare looked appealing too, as well as there being a menu of typical breakfasts, Mexican dishes, burgers and fries.
The decor is funky, there are tables out the front for sunny days (or on this particular occasion, to be sung to!), and the service was friendly.
To cover all bases (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it), I decided on something savoury and something sweet. Since the pies are talked about I chose a vegetable korma. The pastry was indeed light and flaky, and the filling pleasingly korma-ish, however I didn’t find any chunks of vegetables as I’d expected. Maybe they were pureed into the sauce given it had a reasonably thick texture.
The custard square was the standout of the two, again with flaky pastry (someone knows what they’re doing with pastry), a slightly lemon custard filling that was soft but not a squirter, and a sweet passionfruit icing. Overall a sweet number, with a good balance of flavours and textures.
I’m keen to come back and try the generously filled paninis, and the tasty-looking salads, or maybe even the pulled pork ciabatta with cajun kumara fries. So another place on the ‘repeat’ list. If only there were more than 24 hours in the day….
Daytimes 7 days.
148 The Parade, Island Bay.