Before even looking at food the attraction of Short and Sweet is clear in its seating options. There are streetside window tables for viewing life going by, tucked away tables in cubby holes and, bless them, an alcove complete with low sofas, coffee tables and kids toys. A great spot for Mums and Dads to enjoy a delicious treat with in-built children’s entertainment. This comes complete with a cute, retro, Nana’s been baking kind-of feel.
The cabinet is full of delicious looking treats and made it easy for the kids to make a choice – they all wanted cheese rolls ($3 each). With a bit of encouragement one ordered a large sausage roll ($8.50).
The cheese rolls were cheesy and buttery on white bread – as they should be. Miss 7 identified a slightly different taste to our homemade versions. She did enquire about the type of cheese used but the few guesses from the staff were off track and did not satisfy.
It was not quite as straight forward for the Mums who were split between the cabinet and lengthy brunch-style menu eventually opting for a chicken and pumpkin wrap ($11.50) and the Spring Back, Jump Forward – corn and kumara fritters, stacked three high and served with crispy bacon, a poached egg, aioli and tomato relish ($16.50).
Roz’s wrap didn’t look as impressive after being heated and squished but she enjoyed the fresh flavours. My fritters were among the better I’ve tried in the Wakatipu and the bacon, egg and sauces nicely balanced each other.
Our flat whites ($4) were just as we like them and there were orange options for the kids including a fresh juice ($4.50) which we managed to split between three.
We couldn’t get past the goodies in the cabinet and decided to finish with a large slice of chocolate brownie ($4.50) and a chunk of banana bread ($3.50), which were both well worth finding a bit of space for.
The staff at Short and Sweet were friendly and flexible enough to accommodate a few extra family requirements.
They quickly, and without fuss inserted themselves and a few cleaning products between patrons as we dived into the children’s corner as the party before us departed, and again as another group moved in to take our spot. I was not so keen on the help-yourself cutlery sitting in a container on the table, particularly around children. Short and Sweet has a charm of its own and is an ideal hideaway for a friendly catch up over coffee – with or without the kids.