During the long weekend in Queenstown, we decided to take a day trip out to Wanaka, which is roughly an hours drive north of Queenstown. Wanaka is as picturesque as Queenstown where the township sits next to a lake, but on a smaller scale.
We arrived around lunch time, Plus 1 was complaining that he was hungry even though we had breakfast two hours ago. Wandering up and down the main road trying to spot a good cafe, we decided to go to Kai Whaka Pai Cafe & Bar.
Kai Whaka Pai has a good selection of counterfood, and serves Supreme coffee – a Wellington based coffee roaster and one of my favourite coffee beans.
I was not particularly hungry, so I decided to order food from the cabinet.
Beef Pie contained lot of large pieces of meat, which you do not tend to see in a pie. The pastry was thin and slightly crispy as opposed to soggy if it had been warmed in the microwave. The pie came with some tomato chutney, which went well together.
Pork and Fennel Roll – This is one of the largest ‘sausage rolls’ I have seen. The roll was well seasoned and cooked to perfection. It was moist due to the amount of vegetables combined within the minced pork. The accompanying tomato chutney was delishous, slightly sweet and slightly tart.
After tossing up wheter to order a side of fries or salad, I opted for something fresh so decided on salad. For $4 I was only expecting a few green leaves, but was quite astonished by the size of the side of salad. It was fresh, crisp and had the right amount of dressing – not too little nor too much.
The total cost of two counter food items, salad and two coffees came to $27.
Location: Cnr Helwick & Ardmore Streets, Wanaka