Copper Restaurant and Cafe
Perched on Highgate - Maori Hill end - is Copper Restaurant and Cafe. New owners, Scotty and Christine, stepped up to the plate last year and brought a new look and a lease of life to the place. Scotty, who doubles as head chef, has done an amazing job of putting his years of experience and passion into an ever-evolving menu, using Dunedin's own Strictly Coffee as a bean, Emerson's beers and local produce to showcase some of Dunedin's best.
When we visited, the cabinet food was impressive; large, fresh and delicious items with many vegetarian options. The vege stack with haloumi is a must try, the hot chips and aioli were a stand out and the pork belly and mushroom risotto was deliciously decadent; a well-balanced menu with many unique touches.
To date the best service I have had. The girls were vibrant, personable and extremely efficient. Our waitress handled our table of ten very well, dealing with all our dietary requirements and any queries we had. With the morning sun flooding in and a small view out to the ocean it was a Sunday brunch well spent.
Another great Dunedin Cafe. Aren't we spoilt for choice!
Scotty and his partner Christine, co-owners of Copper Restaurant and Bar in Maori Hill, originally met in Gisborne 22 years ago, and have worked their way down the country before making Dunedin their home.
A Canterbury boy with experience leading some impressive restaurants in Wanaka, Christchurch and Auckland, Scotty took on the Head Chef position at Gisborne’s Bushmere Arms. There he met Christine - a traditional farming girl used to growing her own veggies, milking the cows and baking wholesome foods - who was waitressing as a second job to her position in clothing retail management.
The couple soon ventured south, with Scotty working variously at the Cardrona Hotel, Edgewater Resort, Kai Whaka Pai and Dunedin’s own Nova. Christine meanwhile was a menswear buyer at Arthur Barnett before taking on her current role as manager of Barker’s menswear (and chief book-keeper at Copper!)
“Copper is all about creating a relaxed place to dine, offering quality, local produce at an affordable price,” explains Christine. “We specialise in simple fare for breakfast, while lunch and evening dining is focused on ‘two courses for $40’ - entree-main or main-dessert. A specialty is the lamb’s fry with ginger wine by day and the pork belly scallion salsa by night.”
“We have a daughter Renee currently living and studying in Melbourne and two young girls Olive and Ana both at Maori Hill School. We love Dunedin for the beaches as well as the accessibility to the region - whether Central or up the coast at Moeraki, Hampden and Oamaru. We like lunches at Scott's Brewery - a simple pizza bread and hummus with Scott’s Best Brews.
“Dunedin is a great place to bring up a family with the university, the Scottish feel, bagpipes, nature’s coastline and variety of beaches. The people are friendly and wholesome.”