With solid foundations learnt while working in a leading Central Auckland hotel, and several high-quality cafes in Melbourne and Auckland, Chef Nicola Donald opened The Wardroom Coffee & Kitchen in 2016. It’s probably the best kept secret in the West: A little café pleasantly tucked away in a quiet corner of Totara Ave, right in the heart of New Lynn, its unassuming air barely hinting at the wonders within.
A family-run business with an all-girl crew (including her mum), Nicola makes everything from scratch, fresh on-site, using only the best quality ingredients available. Each day the huge cabinet is filled with fresh seasonal salads, savoury items and homemade pies, along with delectable old-school baking just like Nan used to make; home-made custard slice, Sally Lunn buns, chewy ginger kisses sandwiched with delicious buttercream… complemented by local coffee from Mt Atkinson Coffee Company and a Harney & Sons tea selection.
Too busy to cook?
Nicola also keeps a freezer stocked with ready-made meals which are perfect if you’re too busy to cook, or a great gift for a new mum or sick friend. Popular favourites are classic smoked fish pie, hearty lamb shanks with creamy mash and veges, and Mum’s macaroni cheese – and there’s so much more!
An extensive catering menu is available online, for every occasion imaginable, as well as ‘grazing tables’ which are the latest thing in casual catering.
Have a Gourmet Christmas – at home!
Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones, relaxing and enjoying delicious food – not stressing in the kitchen all day! Back by popular demand is Nicola’s mouth-watering Christmas menu. There’s something for everyone, and nearly all the work is done for you! All you need to do on Christmas day is cook the meat and assemble the sides – recipes and instructions included. Pick up on Christmas eve, or delivery can be arranged. See the menu selections to the right, and get in early to avoid disappointment.