28 February 2011

Wharfside Restaurant: February 2011

Wharfside has had a very busy start to the year with Circa’s sellout show The Motor Camp, the restaurant has been buzzing. The next show at Circa is also shaping up to be very popular and we recommend that if you are thinking of dining before the show, you book early.

Due to popular demand, we have now extended our daytime café fare to include an a la carte brunch/lunch menu. We have also introduced a limited children’s menu which is great value at $12.50 for two courses plus a drink. Please see below for new Menus.

Toast and Preserves - $6.00

Eggs on Toasted Ciabatta Poached or Scrambled - $8.00

Eggs Benedict on Lightly Toasted Ciabatta, with Bacon or Wilted Spinach - $15.00

Main Bill – Eggs (Poached or Scrambled), Free Range Pork Sausage
& Free Range Bacon, Sauteed Mushroom, Grilled Tomato &
Homemade Hash Brown - $19.00/$15.00 (light option)

French Toast with Berry Compote or Maple and Bacon - $16.00

Vegetarian Moussaka, smokey Chargrilled Eggplant, Potato, Zucchini, Mushroom
layered with fresh Tomato Provencal, topped with cheese - 17.50

Bread Selection Lightly toasted, served with homemade dips (for two) - $14.00

Roasted Capsicum filled with Wild Rice Risotto, served with Parmesan
& Basil Pesto - $17.50

Salmon Niçoise salad with Baby Potato, Beans, Olives, Egg, Tomato
& a Caesar dressing – 19.50

Chicken open Sammie on Lightly Toasted Ciabatta with Summer Salad, Aioli and
Tomato Chutney, served with Chunky Chips - $17.50

Minute Steak Burger, Mesclun, Onion Relish, Beetroot, Aioli and Cheddar
served with Chunky Chips - $17.50

Creamy Seafood Chowder with toasted bread - $17.00/$12.00 (light option)

Fish of the Day – Pan Seared, served with Fresh Mango Salsa, Salad Greens
and Chunky Chips - $19.50

               Free Range Bacon                        $5.50         Free Range Pork Sausage             $5.50
               Sautéed Mushrooms                     $4.00         Hash browns                                 $3.00
               Grilled Tomato                             $4.00         Wilted Spinach                              $4.00
Chunky Chips :            Regular - $5.50      Large  $8.00

Also Available:
A selection of sweet & savoury counter food, including sandwiches, wraps, pot pies, quiche, bacon & egg pies, vegetarian risotto cakes, scones, muffins, biscuits, salads, and more.
Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverage
Ice Creams

(For under 12s)

Main Options
Chicken Strips
Crumbed Fish 

(all mains served with salad or fries
and includes one soft drink or water)

Ice Cream Sundae

Most of my involvement with Wharfside is that unexciting behind-the-scenes stuff: administration, marketing and general day-to-day business paper trail stuff, but occasionally I do get on the “shop floor” to help out with functions and the like. 

I do enjoy the flexibility that having my own business gives me to be involved in other worthwhile activities. I think being part of a community means helping out where you can within that community. Several times a year I take donated ingredients and my cooking/baking services and head to a Lower Hutt retirement home to work with the residents to create a culinary masterpiece – well, we think it is anyway.  We have made everything from meatloaf and custard tartlets, to mini quiches, biscuits and cakes, grandma’s shortbread and much more. The residents have an absolute ball returning to yesteryears when so much of their time was spent in the kitchen cooking up a storm. I am also an Age Concern visitor and volunteer at a couple of other Elderly Care Centres when they need an extra pair of hands. The reward for giving just a little is so enormous.

Receiving flowers from a grateful resident.
Wharfside likes to donate to the community via several valuable charity organisations during the course of each year.  We also help out with onsite Charity fundraisers. Without these charities, which are predominantly run by volunteers, a huge hole would be left in the community and we therefore like to offer our support where we can.

Just a reminder that our restaurant is open from 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and if you are coming to see a show at Circa, why not make an evening of it and dine with us first. If coming in on Tuesday or Wednesday, where the shows start at 6.30pm, you also have the option of pre-booking to dine after the show.  

Until next time.

Dee Ryan & Martin Halliday
Owners, Wharfside Restaurant & Café 

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