New Takapuna cafe Centro is proving popular with its artful dishesby Kate Richards
Centro, a new cafe and bakery in Takapuna, serves artful dishes amongst a creative fit-out of marble, wood and dried flowers.
Centro is a bakery, too. It sells pastries, cakes, tarts, and sourdough loaves made by head baker Andrew McGregor (ex-Scratch Bakers) with flour from local supplier Weston Milling – the Centro team pride themselves on using local suppliers as much as they can.
A full à la carte menu ticks most boxes: eggs bene, an acai bowl, avocado on toast as well as some Korean and Vietnamese-influenced lunch dishes, over-the-top-looking vegan smoothies, and Flight Coffee just about any way you want it. There’s a reasonably lengthy kids menu and colouring-in for smaller guests.
The artfully plated dishes here are a collaboration between old hospo hand Manny Satisfied (ex-Mekong Baby) and head chef, Korean-born Sun Park. Alongside the room which incorporates Park’s heritage in the form of recycled wood and marble from Korean temples, it’s all pretty Insta-worthy. If the hordes of people through the doors over the past couple of weeks are anything to go by, Takapuna residents don’t mind a bit of creative license.
447A Lake Rd, Takapuna
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