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“Beautiful breakfast” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Relishes Cafe

Relishes Cafe
Ranked #11 of 79 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: With our lakefront setting, spectacular views of the majestic Southern Alps, contemporary and innovative cuisine, and fresh daily baked goods, Relishes Cafe has become something of a Wanaka institution. We are open from 7am till late offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of local and New Zealand wines or a cup of locally roasted fair trade organic Venus coffee in a casual atmosphere. In summer, the double French doors are opened wide to fully enjoy the stunning lake view, and in winter, a roaring fire displaces the chill after a day playing on the mountains. As a family run business, we welcome even the littlest members of your family by providing a children's menu, a well loved toy box, and a highchair. We happily cater to special dietary needs and also to special events when our in house baker creates delicious cakes to celebrate your occasion! With an abundance of local produce, meats, eggs, and wine grown in the Otago region on our doorstep, there is no need to go further afield for ingredients that will create flavours to delight the palate. Dishes highlight seasonal produce, locally found herbs like horopito, free range eggs, and meats that come from the region, some coming from just down the road. Drawn by the allures of Wanaka after many holiday visits, brother and sister Toby and Tash, along with Tash's husband Paul, bought Relishes Cafe. Showcasing their passion for food, wine, and travel, the trio are frequently seen both in the kitchen and on the house floor. Head Chef Silvia has traveled the world and has an extensive culinary background including experience in Europe. She draws on her international experience to whip up culinary fusions with a Kiwi touch. Serving up twice daily blackboard specials, she and her team continuously bring something new to the table.
Auckland
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52 reviews
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“Beautiful breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Was a very cold morning - the fire was going the atmosphere lovely. The staff very helpful and the food amazing. We were recommended to go to Relishes and so pleased we did. Hightly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Real Kiwi Style Fabulous food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

We sat at a sidewalk table in the late afternoon sun, amidst the outstanding scenery and relished a fabulous dish: Blue Cod with pumpkin and kumara mash, and avocado, tomato and feta salsa with salad greens. No-one else seems to use pumpkin (not the Halloween kind) as imaginatively as they do in NZ and combined with Kumara (the native sweet potato) it is divine. A sun ripened avocado is also music to the palate.

Definitely memorable as well as the youthful, friendly waiting staff.

  • Visited March 2013
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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“HOMEY ATMOSPHERE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stopped in for lunch - coffee and savoury muffin - it was all excellent. The muffin was tasty with hints of pumpkin and cumin. A warm and homey atmosphere with good service - we'll be back.

Visited May 2013
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Middlesbrough
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“Great Brekkie”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We often visit Relishes when in Wanaka and have always enjoyed it. Although the prices were a little high for us this time, mainly due to the very poor £, the food was still of a very high standard. My hubby opted for the french toast which looked delicious and myself for the eggs and bacon on buttery toast...yum! The waiting staff were all very attentive and polite but our wait for food was a little on the long side....35 mins. However, we were in no rush and were able to enjoy the atmosphere of this bustling eatery. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

We came here for a light snack in the afternoon and ended up coming back for dinner and breakfast. Great selection of dishes. Vegetarian cheese and feijoa panna cotta made with agar agar. Great service, too. Recommended!

  • Visited May 2013
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