On Trays Scheckter’s Deli

MondayClosed.

TuesdayClosed.

Wednesday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

38 Fitzherbert Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

04-939 9925

Widely known and highly regarded as Wellington’s “South African shop”, On Trays Scheckter’s Deli is so much more. A cosy deli dishing out some of the city’s best sandwiches, as well as a multi-ethnic grocery store unparalleled in its diversity, On Trays serves as a home away from home for many expats in Wellington.

Located only a short stroll from the Petone Esplanade, a visit to On Trays is an absolute must if you’re in Petone. Take one step into the deli and you’re immediately consumed by the tantalising wafts of freshly brewed coffee and cured meats. It’s a place you definitely want to take your time exploring, as you navigate the bulging shelves of exotic foods and the impressive collection of foreign wines lining the back wall. 

The expansive, open kitchen sits just behind the counter, so you can observe the busy crew working away as you browse the shop. Have a chat with the friendly hosts, Steven and Valda Scheckter, before ordering a delicious sandwich to wolf down at one of the small array of tables in-store.

And when it comes to sandwiches, the team at On Trays certainly knows how to deliver. The menu largely draws on the shop’s South African and Jewish heritage, sprinkled with flavours from around the world. The classic Reuben is by far the fan favourite, and for those looking to mix it up, the Kimchi Reuben also comes highly commended. For a footlong sandwich with a difference, try the Footy - a footlong boerewors sausage, doused in a herb and garlic spread and housed in a baguette.

South African and Jewish influences dominate in the grocery side of the store as well, with a delectable range of biltong on offer, along with tahini, gefilte fish, and matzah. You’ll also find items from as far as Russia, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Jamaica, and beyond - why not take home a bag of Pashmak Persian fairy floss?

Boasting an enviable range of tastes and treats from all corners of the globe, On Trays is one of the most popular local businesses helping cement Petone’s reputation as a truly international hub of flavours.

Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs

38 Fitzherbert Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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