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New Takapuna cafe Centro is proving popular with its artful dishes

New Takapuna cafe Centro is proving popular with its artful dishes

New Takapuna cafe Centro is proving popular with its artful dishes

Centro, a new cafe and bakery in Takapuna, serves artful dishes amongst a creative fit-out of marble, wood and dried flowers.

You’d be forgiven for doing a double-take after stepping inside new Takapuna cafe Centro. All marble floors, tactile ceramics, warm woods and dried flowers, it bears a striking resemblance to a certain Britomart bakery – Centro’s owner is a fan, says manager Mathieu Berlandier.

Centro is a bakery, too. It sells pastries, cakes, tarts, and sourdough loaves made by head baker Andrew McGregor (ex-Scratch Bakers) with flour from local supplier Weston Milling – the Centro team pride themselves on using local suppliers as much as they can.

New Takapuna cafe Centro is proving popular with its artful dishes

A full à la carte menu ticks most boxes: eggs bene, an acai bowl, avocado on toast as well as some Korean and Vietnamese-influenced lunch dishes, over-the-top-looking vegan smoothies, and Flight Coffee just about any way you want it. There’s a reasonably lengthy kids menu and colouring-in for smaller guests.

New Takapuna cafe Centro is proving popular with its artful dishes

The artfully plated dishes here are a collaboration between old hospo hand Manny Satisfied (ex-Mekong Baby) and head chef, Korean-born Sun Park. Alongside the room which incorporates Park’s heritage in the form of recycled wood and marble from Korean temples, it’s all pretty Insta-worthy. If the hordes of people through the doors over the past couple of weeks are anything to go by, Takapuna residents don’t mind a bit of creative license.

Centro Takapuna
447A Lake Rd, Takapuna

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