Hailing from China, Fiona Luo and husband Hank Ma are adding an Asian flourish to their Dubbo café, Relish.
The couple commenced operating the popular eatery after their international relocation last year.
“We moved from near Beijing in China to Dubbo in December 2018,” Ms Luo explained.
“We found the business and took it over. It’s in a good location.”
While they have aimed to keep the menu consistent, with a range of sandwiches, wraps, quiche and Turkish bread, they have also added their own flair. There’s also sweet treats available including chocolate brownies, scones with jam and cream and rocky road.
“We have kept the same dishes which are popular products, we have also added dumplings and fried rice. We make homemade dumplings.”
That news is music to the ears of local foodies, but it doesn’t stop there.
“We also have gluten-free lasagne and homemade vegetarian frittata. And we have the best hot chips in Dubbo!”
With a Bachelor of Education and a background as a data analyst, it’s an unusual step for Ms Luo to be running a cafe, but it’s an opportunity that she’s relishing.
“Success comes with hard work, time and energy,” she said.
“It’s very important to provide good service and products.”
Currently, there are three staff - husband Hank is the cook while the pair are assisted by employee Kasharn Powell.
Their future aim is to continue providing an excellent menu for the café and catering, along with service to match.
“We want to provide food and drinks and more catering. We have our regular customers from Dubbo. Sometimes we do catering orders for people from out of town as well.”
Relish Café and Catering has received thumbs up awards from the community for excellent service and food.
They want to continue improving the product to further enhance the customer experience.
“We want to make customers feel comfortable here, make new things more attractive.
“Our motto is to never give up. Always learn to improve yourself. Never stop learning.
“Every day is a new day to do our best and treat everyone well.”
Relish is located at 37-39 Bultje St, Dubbo.