A great spot for experiencing Clyde

Bank’s spe­cial burger ‘po­ten­tially the best’

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

We were on a road trip and it was time for re­fresh­ments. The Bank Cafe in Clyde is an old favourite and it was time to re­visit.


I chose the lamb wrap with its savoury lamb mince, hum­mus, cu­cum­ber, red onion and mint, yo­ghurt dress­ing ($12.50). It was a de­li­cious mid­dle Eastern combo with a great fresh zing of cu­cum­ber. Per­fect for a hot sum­mer’s day.

Karl or­dered a beef and streaky ba­con burger (veg­e­tar­ian op­tions are avail­able), which comes with salad, beet­root, rel­ish, cheese, tomato chut­ney and aioli on a lightly toasted bun ($14). He has eaten many burg­ers as he un­der­takes his self-ap­pointed task of find­ing the per­fect burger for Mir­ror read­ers and he is pretty picky. How­ever, he de­clared the Bank Cafe’s spe­cial as po­ten­tially the best yet. He loved the big home­made patty and co­pi­ous fill­ings. Usu­ally for $14 he’d ex­pect chips as well but this was such a mon­ster he couldn’t fin­ish it any­way.

There was a Li’l Ones Plat­ter ($5) avail­able for the kids but both were more in­ter­ested in what they could spy in the cabi­net – es­pe­cially an industrial sized cheese roll ($4.50) and a mega sausage roll ($3.50). Chil­dren were de­lighted with their choices, ex­cept for the piece of spring onion spot­ted in the oth­er­wise de­li­cious, oozy cheese fill­ing. But that’s kids.

Fear­ing they wouldn’t be enough to fill rum­bling young tum­mies on a long, hot trip I went on to or­der a few slices to share af­ter­wards – lemon slice, lolly cake and gluten-free choco­late brownie. The brownie was a per­sonal favourite – per­fect with cof­fee.


In­side the his­toric build­ing is a smart, clean and com­fort­able lay­out with a few wee al­coves to get away from the main crowd.

It was a very hot day and we had the dog with us so we opted for the out­side ta­bles. The dog bowl was a nice touch as we sat to soak up the her­itage feel of town. Strong winds and the oc­ca­sional rat­tle from a truck driv­ing past right next to us made it a lit­tle un­com­fort­able. We were pleased when a ta­ble fur­ther back from the street be­came avail­able, a safer op­tion for chil­dren and dogs.

Madam 5 and I were most im­pressed with the Au­drey Hep­burn sil­hou­ette wall pa­per in the loo. A classy touch.


Or­ders are taken at the counter and it was busy while we were wait­ing. Staff were pa­tient and ef­fi­cient. Our meals ar­rived promptly, although in stages. For­tu­nately it was the chil­dren’s meals which ar­rived first, oth­er­wise you never know what up­set there might have been.


A great wee spot for experiencing his­toric Clyde with good va­ri­ety of meals, great slices and plenty of seat­ing op­tions for ev­ery­one.

Great spot: The Bank Cafe, Clyde.

De­li­cious: Lamb wrap.

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