My brother and I ventured into town this afternoon to run some errands and boy was it hot. On a mission to find a soothing non-alcoholic beverage to cool (and calm) us down I remembered the cute wee local haunt, Renie’s Petite Cafe, on Peel St. Given it was 2:50pm I thought we might be out of luck, but luckily for us they were still open for business.
Renie’s has a reputation for lush fresh smoothies and personable service so I wasn’t surprised when we were greeted so warmly by the lovely staff. A swift order of calorific chocolate and mocha frappes and a piece of caramel slice (completely unnecessary, but it looked lonely all by itself in the cabinet) was placed and we retreated to one of the tables out on the footpath.
What soon arrived were generous 1 litre servings of icy rich coffee/chocolate emulsions. My frappe was smooth, chocolatey and indulgently velvety; I didn’t try the mocha version but it was quickly consumed and met with a complimentary smile of a satisfied Ben.
There is no doubt that I will be back to Renie’s, the coffee is really good, the slices to die for (the caramel slice had a well proportioned base to caramel ratio) and the chicken pie is in a league of its own. Pop down one day and let me know what you think!
Renie’s Petite Cafe, 48 Peel St, Gisborne, (06) 868 8885