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Catering menu: canapés

Pre-dinner canapé options

Minimum 20 people.

Start off your event with a selection of our delicious canapés from the menu below.

Choose three items for a ½ hour service duration at $17 per person or three items for 1 hour service duration at $19.50 per person. Please note, this option is available only if dinner service is also held at Te Papa.

Photo of a selection of canapés, including deep fried prawns, melon cubes, and small toasts with meat and sauce


Canapés. Te Papa

Canapé options (without dinner):

Package A, $25 pp | Four items for 1 hour

Package B, $27 pp | Four items for 1½ hours

Package C, $29 pp | Four items for 2 hours

Package D, $32 pp | Four items for 2½ hours 

Additional items are an extra $3.70 per canapé.

We recommend a minimum of 6 items for canapé receptions over 120 people. For longer durations please enquire.

Chilled items

  • Fresh oysters with caviar and grapefruit (GF) (DF)
  • Melon cubes with bocconcini and prosciutto dust (GF)
  • Rare beef with horseradish cream and Granny Smith sticks (GF)
  • Onion tarts with herb feta and fig relish (V)
  • Seared scallop, lemon pudding, nasturtium sauce (GF)
  • Sesame crackers with caper cream cheese and and cured dill salmon
  • Puri with dates, avocado, and chickpea potato mix (VG)
  • Smoked chicken chips, buttermilk panna cotta (GF)
  • Fresh South Island salmon on Thai salsa (GF) (DF)
  • Walnut, feta, and herb marbles on melon squares (GF) (V)
  • Antipasto skewers (GF)
  • Fresh groper salad with lychee, chilli, lime, and coconut (GF) (DF)

Photo of a selection of canapés, including little pizzas and pastry crescents


Canapés. Te Papa

Hot items

  • Paella arancini balls with sofrito sauce (VG) 
  • Ham and pineapple pizza bites
  • Harissa courgette fritters with spicy tomato chutney (GF) (VG)
  • Southern spiced chicken, mint espuma (GF)
  • Mexican beef filo triangles with homemade yoghurt dressing
  • Sesame-crusted tiger prawns on sriracha mayo
  • Pan-seared scallops on almond skordalia and watercress oil (GF)
  • Crumb-fried brie, tomato anise jam, freeze-dried pineapple (V)
  • Crumbed scallop, bonito bavarois, fine herb oil (GF)
  • Petit lamb pies with tzatziki yoghurt
  • Broccoli and cheese croquettes (V)
  • Prawn and chorizo bites (GF) (DF)

Substantial canapés

  • Pork belly, hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber, gua bao bun
  • Beef cheek mezzaluna, purple potato aioli, feta and spinach dip
  • Mexican grilled fish slider with smoked paprika aioli
  • Chermoula-spiced prawn, crustacean salsa, tanuki (GF)
  • Spiced vegetable parcels with mint yoghurt (V)
  • Broadbean chickpea slider with pumpkin hummus and tomato relish (V)

Sweet items

  • Banoffee pie shots (V)
  • Lime cheesecake with raspberry
  • Frangelico chocolate truffles (GF)
  • Baklava cups (V)
  • White chocolate and almond cake (GF) (V)

* Prices are per person and are exclusive of GST. Selections and prices are subject to availability and list changes.

Dairy Free – DF

Gluten Free – GF

Vegetarian – V

Vegan – VG

Photo of a selection of canapés, including deep fried prawns, melon cubes, and small toasts with meat and sauce


Canapés. Te Papa