Hamilton has a new venue with the relaunch of Prof’s on Alexandra this week. The Alexandra St eatery is owned and run by well-known Waikato foodies, Kate and Allan Wilson, who are also behind the successful café, Prof’s at Woodlands in Gordonton. Prof’s on Alexandra has recently been awarded an on-license and is changing its focus to a café/restaurant serving tapas, wine and cocktails.

“It’s in the heart of the Hamilton’s central business district, and we want to be part of revitalising the CBD,” said Kate Wilson, co-owner of Prof’s on Alexandra. “We will be serving small plates of food, ideal for sharing, and have many unique and delicious items on both our food and drinks menus. Alex will become a place that businesspeople will be proud to take clients for coffee or a light meal, for friends and co-workers to meet-up after-work or inner-city dwellers to grab a bite before the movies.”

There are a number of gluten free and vegan dishes on the menu. “We understand that many people have dietary challenges, so almost every dish can be modified to suit diners. One of my favourite dishes is roasted portabello mushrooms with hint of creamy blue cheese and toasted walnut gremolata, which was created with our gluten free and vegetarian customers in mind,” said Wilson.

The Wilsons have a love of food and a background in science. “We love experimenting with flavours and making our own ingredients from scratch,” said Wilson, who has a Master of Science degree.

Alex’s speciality cocktails will include a range of infused spirits created by the Wilsons, including chilli vodka, kaffir lime gin and a spiced rum. They also have their own range of Prof’s branded products, including dukkah, chilli jam and preserved lemons, some of which will also appear on platters.