Sarah Stratford is baker and barista at the Standing Room Espresso cafe at 201 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead on Auckland’s North Shore. Sarah established the cafe which she owns along with her business partner and head chef Matt Rollinson in February 2009.
Standing Room is all about great espresso coffee and quality food to go, 99 per cent of which is made on site. It serves deli cabinet, salads, sandwiches, sweets and soups and a small blackboard menu with breakfast fare.
Breakfast Burritos are the cafe’s signature dish, which are filled with bacon, eggs, cheese, herbs and tangy tomato relish in a wrap, then toasted.
Setting up Standing Room and growing it into a successful little cafe with a regular and loyal customer base has been a career highlight for Sarah, who previously worked at the popular Grace Cafe in Birkenhead.
The cafe’s potato scones with caramelised onion and feta are so popular they sell out daily, with customers reporting back that they are absolutely addictive. The potato scones were inspired by cafe customers’ requirements for a delicious and filling morning treat that are quick and easy to make and taste delicious.
Sarah uses Fonterra Foodservices ingredients for their excellent taste, quality and good shelf life. Her favourite is Mainland’s Special Reserve Feta Crumble.