Cafe Vella

12 Steyne Ave Plimmerton

Breakfast, lunch and dinner and delicious coffee and treats all day.

Bookings 2339111


Café Vella is now open 7 days from 9 till 4pm and on Friday and Saturday nights.  Eric says, “We have all your old favourites on the menu - and even on the staff with me, Vicky and Michelle!  We are pleased to offer you coffee beans from Bruno Rossi which you can enjoy in our renovated sunny courtyard.  And please talk to us about catering your special occasions.”  Call 233 9111.

New beginnings again for Eric Ottow at Cafe Vella

Whitby Newsbrief story December 2013 pg 12.


Eric Ottow is the new owner of the popular Cafe Vella in Plimmerton, and he is full of exciting ideas and plans for the cafe.

Eric has a background in the hospitality industry. Of Dutch heritage, Eric was born in Lower Hutt, but spent the early years of his life in Holland. Returning to New Zealand at age 15, he began at the very bottom, dishwashing and learning his kitchen craft. He worked at a bakery for three years, and then did stints at Victoria Station, Kapiti; the Anchor Inn in Levin, and Cafe Riviera in Kapiti, before originally buying Cafe Vella in 2002. He sold the business in 2007, and worked in the food supply sector for several years before purchasing Cafe Vella this year.

Eric is excited to be back in a business he knows. He has big plans for modernisation of the courtyard area, and he will be mixing the traditional Vella menu with some more adventurous dishes. Already his current menu offers a dish from south Peru, for example, with a chilled prawn and potato dish.

Eric supports the current move towards fresh, and healthy foods. He has gluten free offerings on the menu currently, and is a great believer in buying fresh food from local suppliers.

Eric is very much a local man, focussing on his family, as well as playing interclub tennis for Whitby, and is a former Western Suburbs football player. Now he has taken up the whistle and referees for Capital Football.

Cafe Vella has the same friendly local image, and with a professional staff of three, everyone is very welcome at Cafe Vella.



Vella Cafe staff, getting into the spirit of Halloween.

Also, come in to see Lisx' art on exhibit through November. Handmade silk paintings. They involve a three part process, including a hot wax resist, then painting with silk inks, followed by steaming the piece to set the inks and remove the wax. Here's a photo of one of her works.





Local artists now exhibit their work on a monthly solo gallery at Vella. Come enjoy pre Christmas with your friends at Cafe Vella.

Watch out for our special treats:

  • Music evenings with snacks to be announced.
  • Cup cake Tuesdays
  • Winter warmer Wednesdays
  • Group bookings for special occasions

Book today for your family, work, club or other Christmas get together! 


Cafe Vella Menu


Last Updated: 28/03/2014 5:36pm