Paper Moon is set for the stars

Auckland seaside café Paper Moon has been crowned the top café in the country in the inaugural NZ Café of the Year competition.

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Paper Moon is set for the stars

Auckland seaside café Paper Moon has been crowned the top café in the country in the inaugural NZ Café of the Year competition.

The Mairangi Bay eatery got a huge thumbs up from the public, receiving thousands of votes in the nomination stage of the competition..

Now Paper Moon has received the ultimate accolade from an expert team of judges including food critic Kerry Tyack and celebrated chef Mark Gregory.

Paper Moon takes out the overall prize in the event organised by The Restaurant Association of New Zealand and is also the regional winner for the Upper North Island.

Other regional winners are:

  • Central North Island - Bosco Café, Te Kuiti
  • Lower North Island - MacFarlanes Caffe, Inglewood, Taranaki
  • Upper South Island - Artisan by Rangiora Bakery, Rangiora
  • Lower South Island - The Roost Café, Oamaru

In its inaugural year, the NZ Café of the Year competition has been a hit with the public. Around 400 cafés entered and more than 24,000 votes were lodged by the public – showing our café culture is more vibrant than ever.

Paper Moon claims the title of NZ Café of the Year 2012 and will feature on the popular primetime TV segment Food in a Minute later this month showcasing its soon-to-be-famous Beans & Bacon dish.

The signature dish includes the great taste of Wattie’s Baked Beans with pan fried chorizo and onion, delicately blended with a smoked tomato relish and layered between slices of Kiwi Middle Bacon. It’s all topped off with a poached egg and is drizzled in buttery hollandaise sauce layered between a perfectly toasted bagel.

The Food in a Minute episodes are being filmed at the café this week and screen on TV1 and TV2 from 26 November.

In addition, Paper Moon has its recipe emailed to the Food in a Minute database of more than 100,000 fans and will feature on recipe cards in-store at supermarkets. It also appears on the Food in a Minute and Café of the Year websites andFacebook pages.

Chief judge Kerry Tyack said that Paper Moon has a lively atmosphere, exceptional service and a really tasty menu, providing a memorable experience regardless of whether you are a regular from the local community or a travelling guest. The winning dish was “elegant, yet traditional and down-right Kiwi. Definitely worth a visit just to try this dish.”

Last month, public voting determined the 15 regional finalists but the cafés were then put to the test by the experts, judged on appearance, atmosphere, service, meals and overall experience.

The other winning cafes and their dishes are:

Bosco Café, Te Kuiti - Bean To Bosco dish

Bosco’s hand made hash browns, stacked with Kiwi middle bacon, a dob of homemade aioli and served with poached eggs and Boston beans on toasted Vogels.

Macfarlanes Caffe - Kiwi Pork and Beans

Wattie’s Baked Beans, removed from their traditional sauce and enveloped in the café’s own secret sauce then napped atop a thick slice of locally made Vienna and dusted with chopped Kiwi streaky bacon.

ARTISAN by Rangiora Bakery - Kiwiana Eggs Benedict

Bacon wrapped around beans on homemade potato hash, nestled on a bed of spinach then topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Served with oven roasted tomatoes for breakfast and a side garnish of salad for lunch.

The Roost Café - Kumara & Bean Patties with bacon skewers

A delightful twist on the kumara pattie with a tasty salsa and bacon accompaniment.

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Issued for Café of the Year 2012 by Pead PR


Belinda Abernethy, Pead PR, or 09 918 5580

About Wattie’s Baked Beans

Generations of Kiwis have grown up eating Wattie’s Baked Beans. Launched in 1944, originally to the New Zealand armed forces during WW2, Wattie’s has become New Zealand’s number one choice of baked beans.

Today, Wattie’s sell over 8.5 million of the top-selling 420g cans a year*. This product is also the number 5 top-selling product in total supermarket sales** which highlights just how much Kiwis love their Wattie’s Baked Beans. Proudly made in Hastings, New Zealand, Wattie’s Baked Beans can be trusted to continue offering the great taste Kiwis know and love!

About Kiwi Bacon

For many New Zealanders, Kiwi bacon takes them back to their childhood. Others simply remember the iconic Kiwi birds that stood on top of our factories and became famous landmarks. But more than anything, no weekend was complete without a plate of delicious Kiwi bacon.

Today, Kiwi stands for quality 100% New Zealand farmed bacon, ham and cold meat. So when you eat a Kiwi product, you can be guaranteed the great taste of REAL Kiwi bacon and ham.

About Restaurant Association of New Zealand

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand has hundreds of members covering the length and breadth of the country, representing every facet of the restaurant and hospitality industry.

The industry employs more than 80,000 people at nearly 12,000 restaurants and food outlets and generates sales in excess of $5 billion. RANZ offers its members business tools, support and advice for growing their businesses and breaking new ground in the fast growing hospitality arena.

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