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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.

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