‘Home-cooked’ feeling to food
The queue was moving quick when my colleague and I arrived at lunch time.
The place was buzzing. It looked like the majority of people were locals taking a lunch break from work rather than stopping for a well-planned family lunch.
A couple of people were having a business meeting, discussing something while looking at a laptop screen and occasionally nibbling on their meals.
All tables inside were full but they are shared, staff say. We didn’t want to share a table with strangers, therefore sat outside.
Big Fig has a wide variety of choices for both meat lovers and vegetarians.
At this eatery all items are priced the same, with a few exceptions.
One serving of a dish is $8, two for $15 and three for $22.
You can choose from devinelooking salads to pies.
My colleague and I both went for a $22 lunch option.
I picked little kumaras stuffed with spinach and feta.
And the thought of how difficult it would be stuffing these little vegies didn’t leave me throughout the whole lunch break.
As a true meat lover I had a piece of spicy chicken, which unfortunately lacked the promised spice and was on the dry side.
However, the couscous salad with leek, feta, and a hint of mint and another couscous salad with raisins were flavoursome. My tastebuds got really excited and endorphins kicked through the roof.
My colleague’s favourite was her kumara stuffed with quinoa, feta, pine nuts and barley which she had with spicy lamb and the same couscous salad.
Both of us were first-timers at Big Fig and found the system of ordering a bit confusing. But once we asked for help figuring the system out, all was explained.
The staff were careful with my ‘no nuts’ requirement and checked a couple of things with the chef before giving me the green light. Also, as we finished our meals a staff member told us more about the Middle Easternbased cuisine, which was lovely to
The food has a home-cooked feeling to it, reminded me of Sunday dinners at my Nana’s. I would recommend to those who are after a filling fast-served and slow-cooked meal.
Wanaka’s Big Fig Middle-Eastern lunch for two cost us $44.