Slipped inside the quiet suburbs of Mt Eden lies Dulcie May Kitchen. Admittedly, we've always passed unsuspectingly on our weekly lunch trips (first world problems, we know…) but luckily Innie heard of this little gem from our best friend Mr. Google so we all trotted down to give it a shot.
Inspired by the owner's grandmother, Dulcie May, this café is a labour of love. Everything in it was homemade with genuine kiwi-grandma's kitchen flair –large squares of marshmallow blocks on the shelves, jars of jewel-like chutney and kiwi-classic cordials and sweets had us oggling for ages.
And don't get us started on the sweets cabinet. With tangy lemon slices, rose-hued marshmallow slices, thick caramel Wanganui slice and light-as-air Napoleans, this place definitely deserved its “Best Cake Shop” award from Metro Magazine, and it's internationally commended cookbook is a very good read (Lou got it for her Mum last Christmas too!)
The savoury food selection was somewhat smaller than we are used to (we all ordered the Toasted Turkish Pides) but we were blown over by the taste even with the most simple ingredients. Not so suitable for large groups (unless you are ordering for takeaway) as there was only one table with four chairs for the five of us, but a great Husky lunch-date nonetheless!
Louise Turkish Pide Chicken, Cranberry and Brie also had a Mocha. She said 'Loved the cute, design appeal of the store - the cookbooks, the condiments and the ladies. Felt like a legit 'Granny's Kitchen'. Very tempted by the homemade granola, black doris plum jam and marshmallows on the shelves, let alone the sweet treats we nabbed from the cabinet on our way out.'
Innie Turkish Pide Sweet Chilli Chicken, Spinach and Cheese and drank a Latte. She said 'Amazing sandwich, amazing dessert, amazing coffee - makes me wanna go on a picnic!'
Katie had the Toasted Turkish was also the Chicken, Cranberry and Brie. She said ' The seating space of the cafe doesn't do the food justice! Lovely textures in the turkish though, crisy dough with lightly melted cheese and the most tender chicken - still drooling.'