Food at lo­cals’ hang out ‘ka pai’

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al­fresco and en­joy the el­e­ments. It is an ex­cel­lent wee sunspot for en­joy­ing a cof­fee, or a cold brew, while peo­ple watch­ing and catch­ing up with friends. Inside there are two din­ing ar­eas to choose from, ei­ther in the smaller area down­stairs or in large booths up­stairs. We opted to go up­stairs to make the most of the view and to get some pri­vacy, as down­stairs can get quite busy with pa­trons at the counter. Up­stairs was per­fect for our girly catch up ses­sion and it nets plenty of sun in the day­time if your not keen to be out­doors.

Food:

Kai is known for its fan­tas­tic pizza range and we opted for the smoked chicken ($22) to share. It was packed with top­pings and flavour and hit the spot. I chose the pulled beer burger ($19) for my meal. While it was not served with a side dish of salad or fries, it almost did not need it be­cause the rich beef in the burger was so filling. My friends opted for the laksa ($18) which was full of flavour and had plenty of seafood, and the tomato riga­toni pasta ($17.50), which burst with sauce, and a hit of chilli, from the large tube-shaped pasta. Each meal was well pre­sented. We were filled to the brim and were sat­is­fied that not only were our bel­lies full of flavour, but the price was very rea­son­able. Kai of­fers a range of cab­i­net food and treats to try with your cof­fee and I look for­ward to test­ing the lunch menu. It also of­fers plenty of choice if you are look­ing for a lo­cal craft beer on tap, which are of­ten changed to com­pli­ment the sea­son or to of­fer some­thing new.

Ser­vice:

Or­ders are taken at the counter but if you’re lucky to catch one of the staff that are mov­ing around de­liv­er­ing food they will hap­pily take it for you. Kai has a friendly lo­cal feel too it and the staff are al­ways will­ing to help. The causal ser­vice goes with the ca­sual feel of Kai. Our food was served in good time, which was great as it was a Fri­day night and there was plenty of food or­ders be­ing taken. It was also great to see our meals were checked on.

Ver­dict:

I’ve al­ways en­joyed hav­ing a catch up drink at Kai but for some rea­son I hadn’t dined there. Don’t make the same mis­take I did and try out the menu. The food is rea­son­able, filling and fan­tas­tic.

Popular: A buzzing Kai Whaka­pai in Wanaka is great for both chill­ing out and din­ing.

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