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“What a sweet little gem! ”
Review of Relishes Cafe

Relishes Cafe
Ranked #9 of 85 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, 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.
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“What a sweet little gem! ”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We unexpectedly stumbled upon this place and had a beautiful dinner. The cheese and garlic bread loaf was divine, thick cut slices of sourdough and the seafood chowder was also decent.

For mains, we had the lamb which was impressive with beetroot gnocchi and pork belly which was sensational, crisp fat and juicy non oily meat in the middle. It came with many clams that made the dish unique.

We couldn't fault desert which was a shared baked fondant of caramel chocolate and peanut butter - totally indulgent and totally to die for.

Total cost was $120 with two drinks, no alcohol. This is a wonderful restaurant - not unnecessarily fancy but hearty portions with rich, delicious food and great service.

Thank Zaffy
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“Nice food, good location”
Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

Had a nice veggie breakfast and a good coffee overlooking the lake. Nice place, friendly staff and good food. Recommend.

Thank Squallboy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I. Alkhatib”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Beautiful setting, perfect view of the magnificent lake wanaka.
Late lunch, ordered a lamb burger which is a must try..
Had a coffee after the meal which was also quite good.
If you are in wanaka, you'd do well to visit relishers.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Ibrahim A
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Overall: Really good!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

- In city/town centre
- Free Wifi
- Friendly staff
- Awesome food
- Relaxt atmosphere
- Medium size restaurant
- Lovely coffee and cakes, Go for the homemade muffins or slices!
- Went more than 5 times
- I will be here again
- Go for the goat!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Jur25
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Sydney, Australia
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“A Cafe Not”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

We have been to Relishes several times and it is a small cosy restaurant with excellent cuisine.
The wait staff are pleasant, courteous and efficient.
The menu is not extensive however, it has some great choices, the Salmon and the Lamb are two standouts.
Due to its popularity it is advised that you book well ahead especially in holiday times.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Brian H
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