A train trip to Arthur's Pass is slow and full of scenery and fresh air which tends to whet the appetite. Railways food, or course, just doesn't cut the mustard, but for ambiance and menu choice, the Wobbly Kea does well.
The surroundings are nice enough - a wee bit country diner but then, the cafe really doesn't try to be anything else. It's outside appearance hids a well-appointed interior whichis warm and comfortable. There is a very nice beer garden if the weather allows.
The place was clean and tidy, although the furniture (chairs) need recovering or replacing. Toilets were very clean although one of them had no hand soap. They were subsequently cleaned where were were eating but the hand soap was not replenished.
The service was pretty good. Wen we walked in, they said good morning and then promptly walked off, leaving us to find a table and order - a tad confusing since when you enter the restaurant there is a counter immediately in front of you, which is not where you need to be! But there are notices around telling you what to do - once you notice them
You order at the bar - they bring your food to the table you choose. At that point, they tend to lose interest in you. No-one approached us for our comments or to ask if we needed anything else. Nothing else was offered unless we went and asked for it, but then it was provided cheerfully enough.
The menu is extensive. I had Cod, which was pretty tasteless (probably frozen I would think), and it was served with some really great chips, tartare sauce and a salad, topped with coleslaw???? with a rather good dressing. The plate however, was cold, which meant the food soon followed suit.
My partner had 'Bangers and Mash' which consisted of Bratwurst and mashed potatoes. Being of German descent, my partner knows a good bratwurst and proclaimed these to be 'not really Bratwurst, but pretty good"!
The venue is not cheap but offers pretty good value.
We'll go again, but to be honest, we would like to check out the other two restaurants in the village first.
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