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“Nice restaurant in middle of town center”
Review of Relishes Cafe

Relishes Cafe
Ranked #9 of 85 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Nice restaurant in middle of town center”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Good choice and good food. Nice interior as well.
You will have to take a side dish to make your meal complete though.

Visited August 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great breakfast spot.”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

And probably lunch as well. Fresh ingredients well-prepared, good coffee, and good service even while busy. There's parking nearby-- a bonus in ski season.

Visited August 2014
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Yummy brunch, amazing coffee and great service!”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

I had a very yummy brunch at Relishes Cafe on my last day in Wanaka with some newly found friends before we took off for helicopter ride. It was still early and the cafe hadn't got that busy yet. A lovely waitress came straight to serve and arranged tables for us at outside. She's very friendly and accommodating. I had the eggs benedict...YUMMY!!! And for the first time ever, I had 2 coffees in one go :-D that's how good their coffee was!!! I had cappucino and mocha. I inhaled the aroma of the coffee and went Aahhhh...

The cafe got busy as day went by...and it's easy to see why. The cafe is right in front of the beautiful lake Wanaka. Love this cafe!

  • Visited March 2014
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Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Warming Sunday Lunch”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

Perfect Sunday lunch on a very cold winters day. Great comfort food in warm and cosy setting. Friendly efficient staff rounded of a yummy lunch. Particularly worthwhile as the chef kindly shared the soup recipe. Thank you.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Amazing food”
Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

So pleased we discovered this cafe during our stay in Wanaka. The food is brilliant, honest food with wonderful balances of taste and texture. Ate here several times, in this warm and cosy place with roaring fire. Staff all very pleasant, obliging, helpful. Best food in Wanaka.

Visited August 2014
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