On our first day visiting Te Anau, we tried a few of the restaurants on the main street downtown -- with mixed results. So, for our second night, we asked some locals for their recommendations and were referred to the Alpine Centre Cafe. We had a fantastic meal, and friendly service. We suggest you give it a try.
For starters, I had a bowl of fish chowder and my wife had a small salad. The chowder was creamy rather than tomato-based -- what I would call New England style. I found clams, shrimp, and squid. It was excellent.
For mains, we split an order of spare ribs. These were slow-cooked in a beer-baste with some subtle spices and served over a pile of french fries. They were delicious. One order is enough for two people.
We had planned to try some of the intriguing desserts, including fried ice cream, or possibly the creme brulee baked cheesecake. But we were too full to eat a dessert, so the owner prepared a take-out for us.
If you feel turned-off by the tourist vibe of the restaurant row in Te Anau, consider the Alpine Centre Cafe.
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