We spent a total of 6 days in Wanaka over two seperate visits on our 3 week driving vacation of the South Island. We lucked out and found Cafe Lago by our third day in this beautiful charming town. Lago instantly became our favorite breakfast location in all of our New Zealand stops. The reason is simply due to their food quality and value. We stopped in many places where the food tasted like the last place we had been at but not at Lago. Lago seems to go that extra length to "create" their dishes instead of simply cooking them. The variety of offerings were more than enough to meet the needs of our group's varied tastes. We also found a range of offerings in their deli case that had new entries each day. When we commented how their deli case choices seemed to vary somewhat from day to day, the staff explained that their experienced cooks are given the opportunity to show off thier culinary expertise and are not always tied to the printed menu items (although these are of course always available). We especially found that we enjoyed their dishes made by their Italian cook who gave a slight Italian twists to his cooking. We had all of our breakfasts at Lago and a couple of lunches including a take away for our hiking trip to Mount Iron. At the end of our three week trip, our group all agreed that Lago ranked #1 with us for breakfast and lunch especially in the realm of quality, affordable cafe cuisine.
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