Café with a Kiwi Kick: LeBakermen Café
Personality radiates throughout LeBakermen Café and Bakery – the unique and delicious food, the staff and a coffee experience to rival them all.
Will Leung is a connoisseur of coffee and artisan food. After a spell in Japan, mastering the country’s French way of baking, he finally opened his café in March. Will describes his baking as “Using French techniques for Japanese-style delicacies – but with a Kiwi kick”.
The famous Fairlie Bakehouse pies add to the cabinets – filled with tempting homemade bread and pastry aromas. With an in-house dessert specialist, the cabinets are filled with everything from Salted Miso Caramel cakes to buttery fluffy brioches.
Using Havana Coffee Works espresso from Wellington is one of the many ways to have a coffee here. The café specialises in soft brew methods such as pour-over drip, Siphon, French Press and Cold Brew. Will comes to the table to explain the process. “You can try a single origin earthy Mexican, well-balanced Cuban, a strong and nutty Brazilian or a sweet and fruity Ethiopian – it’s the coffee version of wine tasting!”
Head coffee maker, Vii, was a former Ara Barista tutor. The café also offers keep cups and coffee equipment for sale. The menu includes the likes of fluffy waffles for breakfast and The Loco Moco for lunch. “This is my absolute favourite,” Will says of this Hawaiian comfort dish.
Easily accessible, the modern, comfortable, new premises at 187 Wigram Road, Wigram has oodles of parking and seating. Open every day 6:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 8am to 3:30pm weekends. Facebook and Instagram showcase the LeBakermen personality.