Court­house Cafe fault­less in this case

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

down my lunch with. It was burst­ing with flavour and I loved how it was served in a huge glass jar. If I didn’t have a cof­fee sit­ting wait­ing to also be drunk, I prob­a­bly would have been greedy like my friend and or­dered another one. My two friends who joined me or­dered the honey chicken salad with ma­cadamia nuts, aioli, crispy noo­dles, avocado and salad greens ($20), and a creamy spicy chicken to­quito ($9.50). They both said their meals were de­li­cious too. What stood out for me was the huge va­ri­ety, and qual­ity, of food to chose from. We dined dur­ing a busy lunch hour, but the queue was fast mov­ing. Peo­ple who were pressed for time could or­der some­thing quick but scrump­tious from the dis­play cab­i­net as an al­ter­na­tive to a cooked meal. For peo­ple with a sweet tooth, a cake stand stacked with the most deca­dent of treats teases you un­til you fi­nally suc­cumb.

Ser­vice:

The staff are pro­fes­sional and ef­fi­cient. The place runs like a well-oiled clock. They work within a rea­son­ably small space be­hind the counter but I watched them glide, weave and duck be­tween each other with­out step­ping on a toe or bump­ing into one another. The place gets quite busy but they don’t seem to get fraz­zled by the pres­sure. they just get the job done and still man­age to smile and make you feel like you are the only one in the line. We didn’t have to wait very long for our meals ei­ther de­spite it be­ing a busy lunch hour.

At­mos­phere:

The place has got per­son­al­ity plus. In­side it is in­ti­mate and re­laxed, yet bustling and vi­brant with lots of artis­tic and fem­i­nine touches. Out­side, it is spa­cious with a large choice of seat­ing – handy for large groups or fam­i­lies. It pro­vides a per­fect place for a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on hot Cen­tral Otago day. The his­tory of the site and build­ing gives it an added X-fac­tor.

Verdict:

A cafe and bar that lived up to its ti­tle as a NZ Cafe of the Year fi­nal­ist. The Court­house Cafe & Bar has charm, char­ac­ter and co­pi­ous amounts of de­li­cious food to choose from. I could not fault my din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Hence the top marks.

Spa­cious: The Court­house Cafe & Bar in Alexan­dra.

Sweet crunch: The corn frit­ters.

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