Healthy food & a fresh gar­den

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT -

There’s lots of re­ally healthy op­tions at Ode­lay and I chose the chicken salad with quinoa, pis­ta­chio, salad greens, sweet potato, grapes and beet­root rel­ish ($17). It was a hearty feed and I loved the in­clu­sion of pis­ta­chio for tex­ture and flavour.

Karl chose the burger ($18.50) with char­grilled minced meat, chipo­tle sauce, edam, to­mato and onions and served with home­made chips. He re­ported a de­li­cious com­bi­na­tion of flavours and among the best burg­ers he has had.

I can re­port that the ac­com­pa­ny­ing Agria chips were a chunky slice of ki­wiana, which took me back to Mum’s home­made Fri­day night chip spe­cial of the 1980s.

Both chil­dren or­dered a kids lunch box ($8.50), which gives choice of a ham and cheese toastie, hot­dog or hot chips. It

comes with fruit and cookie and juice. I thought the hot­dog meal was very small but the chips were gen­er­ous and I was pleased the kids de­cided to split their meals.

This large cafe was packed at lunch time but it was a pleas­ant enough day and we were happy to sit out­side.

There’s a wall menu and cabi­net and we stood in the queue while de­cid­ing our lunch or­ders. Only later did we dis­cover the writ­ten menu.

About three-quar­ters of the way through our meal there was a slight wind change and a ran­cid smell. It took us a while to re­alise the cul­prit was most likely horse ma­nure on a well cared for herb and veg­etable gar­den pleas­antly sur­round­ing the out­door seat­ing area. It was un­pleas­ant but un­der­stand­ably the likely re­sult of good gar­den man­age­ment.

More an­noy­ingly in the out­door area we dis­cov­ered no sugar on any of the ta­bles and I had to go beg­ging from some in­door din­ers for a sa­chet. Later we asked for wa­ter and were di­rected in­side to col­lect our own.

How­ever, on the whole the ser­vice was very ef­fi­cient and we were pleased with how quickly our meals ar­rived on an ap­par­ently busy day.

A great se­lec­tion of re­ally healthy and sub­stan­tial food choices in a pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment - ex­cept on the day the ma­nure is reek­ing.

Chicken salad with quinoa, pis­ta­chio, salad greens, sweet potato, grapes and beet­root rel­ish at Ode­lay, in Queen­stown.

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