Pandemic-induced closed restaurants meant casting the net wider for Christchurch’s Oceans North Seafood, which quickly whipped up an online ordering and home delivery service for Kiwi foodies and families keen to join the ilk of the country’s top chefs and restaurants.
A long-time preferred wholesaler for premium and sustainably sourced seafood from around the South Pacific, Oceans North Seafood made a quick pivot after Covid-19 saw eateries around the country close their doors during lockdown.
Now, the 100 percent family owned and operated business’ retail offerings are as fresh as its seafood products.
“From Fiordland and the Southern Alps, through Kaikoura to the Chatham Islands and New Caledonia, we cast our net far and wide to bring the freshest tasting and most sought-after varieties of seafood,” says Bruce Keenan, who bought the business with his wife, Lisa, in 2016.
The new online marketplace offers customers transparency and comfort in knowing where their food comes from because sustainability is a core value for the Keenans.
“New Zealanders love sea food and we love serving the Kiwi taste for our ocean’s bounty. But without proper protections, future generations may not have the luxury of dining out on this precious — internationally recognised — resource.”
“Quality assurance for Oceans North Seafood is not just about freshness and taste — it’s also about quality of life and environment. That’s why we source our diverse range of seafood from companies that safeguard marine habitats through sustainable fishing practices, adherence to strict national quota rules and conservation efforts.”
On that note, Bruce recommends getting in quick for the upcoming Bluff Oyster season!
It’s a beautiful and tranquil space that Salmon Heaven now occupies in the recently opened Provedore, a gourmet lover’s paradise situated in the Bush Inn Centre.
What a joy it is to find a fishmongers that thinks outside the square, for alongside the extensive cabinets of salmon – which stocks hot and cold smoked, as well as raw salmon, in a variety of cuts and packages – there are a vast array of other gourmet products that make entertaining a breeze for the host or hostess wanting to access everything for their dinner menu at a convenient one-stop shop.
Consider the canapé as your ultimate appetizer. A selection of deluxe homemade crackers from Totara Cottage, delicately smeared with a delicious gourmet preserve from Buoni Sapori, topped with a divine black truffle brie or triple cream brie (aptly called OMG) from award winning cheesemakers Over the Moon, will give your guests something to exclaim about while you’re preparing the salmon.
Deborah and Lisa are the lovely ladies behind the counter; having both been involved with the salmon industry for a number of years, what they don’t know about salmon isn’t worth knowing!
Gift hampers can be ordered either instore or online. Salmon Heaven have a superb and sophisticated website. Free shipping within New Zealand makes ordering a gift hamper as simple as choosing the contents to go in it then placing your order.
Do try to resist the temptation to send it to yourself!
We aren’t talking about the latest in eye makeup but rather a brand that has an eye for all things smokey; Holy Smoke. Whilst the smoked salmon on offer reigns supreme in their product range, the key word in that sentence is range. Holy Smoke has a variety of smoked goods on offer!
If you’re a fan of their salmon you’ll love their smoked sea-caught New Zealand white fish from United Fisheries, smoked aged cheddar cheese, dry cured smoked bacon and smoked flaky sea salt.
All items are artisanal, good quality products smoked in small batch smokers (manuka smoked, dry cured) and are hand sliced and hand cut – ready for eager customers.
While they do have a large range of smoked goods, there’s also a need to give credit where it’s due.
Their NZ smoked salmon is some of the best on the market and here’s why.
It starts by sourcing the best local sea salmon, natural air drying, then using manuka wood they gently smoke the salmon in their tailor-made, small batch smokers.
These time-honoured methods pay off with distinctive colour and infusion of flavour.
Holy Smoke products are available at the United Fisheries factory shop on Parkhouse Road and Little Fish Co at Riverside Market so you can have top quality smoked goods at home.
These may be testing times we’re living through, but Pam Burrows of Pam’s Café and Gifts is proving that the old saying ‘The show must go on’ is the only way to go when the going gets tough.
While keeping in mind COVID-19 Level 3 protocols of no physical contact with customers, the business reopened for evening hours 28 April, with a focus on the takeaway menu of fish ’n’ chips and burgers. But that’s only the half of it!
Never one to rest on her laurels, Pam also has a coffee van which she parks up most days outside Amberley’s Top Stop Café.
In fact, such is Pam’s coffee service, that from Waikari to Waipara, folks never quite know where she and her van will turn up next.
Pam hopes to add yummy muffins and slices alongside the coffee in the very near future.
Come Level 2, the forecast for Pam’s Café and Gifts is to extend its Friday, Saturday and Sunday business hours from morning to night. Which pretty much explains why there are so many smiling faces around the district right now!
In the meantime, we townies can look forward to that day when we’re out there, on the open road, heading to Hanmer, perhaps, and there it is – open for business, the same warm welcome, and the food just as sublime as the last time you stopped by.
Find Pam’s Café and Gifts at 8 Weka Pass Road, Waikari. Phone 03 314 4644.