Food at locals’ hang out ‘ka pai’
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.
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.
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.
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.