Wow! what can I say, I am truly surprised with the offerings Maranui Cafe has to offer in terms of food and stunning views of the Wellington South Coast. I decided to take Friday afternoon off to relax and soak in some ‘me’ time and headed out to Lyall Bay where Maranui Cafe is located.
Maranui Cafe is located on the shores of Lyall Bay in the Maranui Surf Club building.
It is a cheerful venue popular venue for both individuals, couples and families that offer a wide range of counter food and a la carte brunch and lunch items. They also have a liquor license which means they also offer alcoholic drinks for the thirsty patrons wishing to wet their tongues.
The building was destroyed in 2009 by fire, but has since resurrected itself and has ever since been popular with the local crowd, and there is usually a wait for a table during peak period especially during the weekends.
As cafe housed in a surf life saving club, the decor is clearly surf and ocean themed with models of various types of fish, oars lining the entrance way , the exterior of the kitchen is molded to a shell of a boat.
I was grateful I did not have to wait, perhaps it was because I arrived just after the lunch time rush around 1.30pm where a couple of tables were free.
I initially ordered the Cook Strait Catch, but then saw some waitresses delivery this interesting looking dish with tortilla. I asked the waitress what it was, I opted to change my order due to the fact that the Fish Tortilla is only available during the weekdays. And the only time I would be able to visit Maranui Cafe would in the weekend with Plus 1.
Freyberg Fish Tortilla – Grilled spiced fish with Chilli Beans, Tomato Salsa, Guacamole & Sour Cream, at first sight of my dish arriving I was taken a back how large it was. the presentation of the Tortilla was different to the usual rolled tortillas that you see at other eateries. it was half open such that half of the tortilla was standing up while the other half held the contents. The fish was cooked perfectly, moist and full of flavour. With the combination of beans, guacamole, red onions and sour cream took me back to my childhood memories.
My skinny flat white was made with Havana coffee beans. I am not a huge fan of Havana coffee beans as they tend to be quite bitter. and on this occasion my coffee was just that – bitter as expected. With the exception of this, the coffee was perfect. Everyone has their favorite coffee beans.
Total bill for coffee and fish tortilla set me back $22.
I will definitely be back to try the other lunch items.
Location: 7 Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington