Unfortunately the kids weren’t so patient. They got their drinks first up and almost consumed their father’s banana smoothie while he was away gossiping. Mum’s coffee was safe but it was also 20 minutes later and arrived with neither sugar nor spoon and despite a staff promise to return with the goods, I ultimately had to wander off and request my own at the counter.
The food took well over half an hour, which was understandable at the busy time of year and gave us the opportunity to chat with the people on the neighbouring table The kids (sensibly) opted for the Kids’ Platter ($10) and when it arrived I almost wished I’d ordered one myself.
It consisted of a cheese toastie, a mini muffin, half an orange and apple sliced up, a sausage roll (with the alternative option of streaky bacon) and a chocolate fish – which was melting fast in the hot Central Otago sun.
A Keri fruit juice completed the meal.
It was perfect, with plenty to keep both kids happy and healthy to appease the parents’ consciences’ after a weekend of barbecues and chips.
Karl ordered the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato toasted sandwich.
It was a solid $10 meal, packed full of ingredients, though he would have preferred to have been given a choice of white bread (instead of that healthy multigrain stuff).
As for my own Eggs Benedict with salmon – at $19 it was almost twice the cost of anyone else’s meal but it delivered. It looked a feast – runny, perfectly cooked eggs on generous strips of salmon atop fresh bagels.
They were dripping with the obligatory hollandaise sauce but the surprise was the big accompanying chunks of fresh tomato and avocado.
It was amazing. And delicious. And very filling.
The street front of the Black Forest Cafe could best be described as modest but certainly fits into the rich historical tapestry of the town. Once inside it is clean, with polished wood, and lots of colours. We wanted to sit outside but with only three tables available there was a bit of jostling for position.
Naseby is a prime example of the small, sleepy town that comes alive during holiday times.
Yes, it took longer than we would expect elsewhere for our meals to arrive but we were on holiday and had time.
The really good news is that it was totally worth the wait.
The meals were perfect and we would happily recommend them to any passers by.
Low key: Black Forest Cafe in Naseby.