‘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.

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