It takes more than a few lockdowns to dampen the enthusiasm of Bharat Naranbhai, the owner of Silverdale Mall’s newest café, Moreish. He is bursting with ideas and opportunities for the light, bright ice-creamery and café, which lies at the western end of the shopping centre at the top of the carpark stairs. As well as offering a wide range of coffees, teas, smoothies and juices, plus bagels, breakfasts, sandwiches and cabinet food, Bharat is determined to broaden the dining and drinking choices for customers as much as possible. He has started by bringing in the full range of Kapiti scoop ice creams and sorbets, Fruit Flo frozen yogurt and Bon Accord frappes and smoothies, leading to a luscious and lengthy selection of ice creams, sundaes, floats and sodas.
The café is also licensed, meaning customers can have a glass of beer or wine with their lunches, and Bharat is currently in the process of hiring a full-time chef so he can start home deliveries and catering in future.
While there are only 34 seats at Moreish itself, the café can also use an adjoining shared seating area that’s also used by a neighbouring sushi bar and café.
“Between the three of us, there are 150 seats. We all use each other’s,” Bharat says. “It’s amazing, even though there’s another coffee shop, we work like we’re a team, I really appreciate that.”
Before opening Moreish, Bharat had extensive hospitality experience in Auckland CBD, running a café, an ice cream parlour and one of the first Pita Pit franchises. Although home is still in the city, he is renting a unit in Red Beach and wants to buy a house and move to the Coast permanently.
“It’s very quiet here, but it’s getting there,” he says. “The people will come. We’re playing the long game. I’m very happy here.”