Home' QT Magazine : QT Spring Magazine Contents New owners of The Exchange in downtown
Queenstown are ecstatic with the success of the cafe
since they took it on recently as their first foray into
business. Ryan and Sam Lelievre, both qualified chefs
have over 40 years hospitality experience between
“We never thought we would have the chance to
own our own café but the opportunity came up and
we jumped at it,” says Ryan Lelievre. “We wanted to
stamp our mark so undertook some rather extensive
renovations inside and angled the menu towards
all-day dining and it’s been an absolute winner.”
The Exchange is easy to find, beside the Queenstown
Post Office, and enjoys an enviable north facing
position with all-day sun flooding the café through
floor to celiing windows. There is also fantastic
al fresco dining in the large courtyard bordering Horne
The focus is on providing uniquely New Zealand
flavours and local ciders, craft beers and regional
wines are served along with a combination of fresh,
“We knew we could do something special with this
location and the menu is dsigned to suit busy locals
who want a quick bite during the day,” says Ryan.
“Meanwhile tourists and visitors who have plenty of
time to relax and take a seat can meander their way
through the food and drinks menu.”
A local favourite from the all-day breakfast menu, is
The Exchange Benedict with house-made potato rosti,
hollandaise, creamed spinach and poached eggs.
Locally-roasted Octane coffee has a cult following and
the smoothies are stand-out. Freshly made salads,
an array of sandwiches and sweet treats are also
available from the counter to eat in or take away.
The lunch menu is filled with delicious offerings
such as Blue Cod sliders or for those feeling a bit
more adventurous the increasingly popular Ostrich,
Gorgonzola and Cherry Chili Jam Burger. Shoestring
fries with aioli and onion rings accompanied by spiced
yoghurt dipping sauce are great snacks for the table.
Ryan also encourages the chefs to come up with their
own a la carte specials.
“The Exchange is the perfect place for everything from
breakfast before work to snacks and a beer outside
before a night on the town,” says Ryan.
The Exchange is open from 7:30am – every day,
closing later during the summer season.
CAFE - ALL DAY
Summer is the salad season and Habebes Café in
the Plaza Arcade, Queenstown is a destination café
where over 12 different varieties are made fresh every
day. Sensational authentic wholefood dishes focus on
Middle Eastern inspired foods.
Owner Amanda Mulqueen is the salad queen and
creates masterpieces with fresh garden vegetables,
red and brown lentils, bean sprouts, parsley, herbs and
toasted seeds and nuts.
No dairy or smothering creamy mayonnaises here. All
the salads are vegan and come with a choice of tahini,
hot chilli sauces, yoghurt, lemon and mint dressing or
freshly made hummus.
New this summer is a delicious fresh baby spinach
salad with cherry tomatoes, mint, red onions and
toasted seeds or choose from options like the beetroot
and apple salad, potato salad with a garlic mint
dressing and toasted buckwheat groats or the
tabouleh loaded with fresh parsley, red onion, tomato
and lemon mint dressing.
Salads can be served in a bowl, take out salad box
or as part of a spicy, gourmet kebab with a vegetarian
falafel, chicken or lamb. Also on the menu are chicken,
lamb and lentil pies, veggie rolls and it’s hard to ignore
the sweet slices, fig balls and cakes. Many are gluten
and dairy free.
Fruit smoothies are made to order and Habebes has
a good selection of fresh juices like Teza, Benger and
Allganics and of course excellent Allpress coffee.
Located down the alleyway just off Buckingham
Street, beside The Wool Press in Arrowtown, this
eclectic little café is pure gold.
Cook’s Café and Deli is not just a café and not just
a delicatessen but a clever combination of both with
stylish homeware and retro knick-knacks thrown in.
It’s an absolute visual delight delight to walk into
this charming, little food outlet where the word on the
street is the food is top notch.
Owner Charlotte Ellis-Cook understands the
importance of flavour and her take home meals
have a big following. Served in easy to carry tinfoil
containers, the lasagna, cannelloni and a variety of
pies such as chicken and leek or rich beef appear and
taste homemade when heated and served to dinner
guests at home.
British visitors love the authentic Cornish pasties,
which smell divine and are packed with tender beef
and vegetables and there is a selection of hot stuffed
potatoes, vegetable tarts and muffins to enjoy.
Pop in and collect half a dozen freshly laid free
range eggs, a loaf of fresh ciabatta or a bagel. Make
sure you have time to browse the café interior which
displays beautiful items from vintage washboards,
crockery and china to the latest kitchen accessories,
cake plates, aprons and tea towels.
Cook’s Store and Deli picnic baskets are perfect for
a fresh, yummy lunch to enjoy beside the Arrow River
or on Buckingham Green.
Cook’s Store & Deli
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Café Notes: New on Queenstown’s café scene is Taste & Savour, located at Unit 20 (the old Grind Café premises) in Glenda Drive’s Shotover Business
Park at Frankton Industrial. Owner Sally McChesney is creating a delicious assortment of take home meals while serving hot food and cabinet items all day
Monday to Friday. On Fridays she hosts a wine tasting afternoon making it an excellent place to head after work to sample the café’s range of local wines.
By Margo BerryMan
Sam & Ryan Lelievre
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