No non­sense es­tab­lish­ment


It was quiet when my work col­league and I ar­rived at lunch time, but the num­bers quickly swelled to about 25.

No-one ap­peared to be hav­ing a busi­ness meet­ing and I didn’t see any lap tops or cell­phones on ta­bles. There were no ir­ri­tat­ing clat­ters and clashes typ­i­cal of many Wanaka es­tab­lish­ments. The acous­tics were good. So I did not need to shout at my work mate.

The TVs were turned down and no-one was watch­ing the game on re­play, which begs the ques­tion: why even turn them on?

Trout Bar has one of the best lake views in town but it was

rain­ing so we sat in­side, by the win­dow.

There was one page of choices from the break­fast or lunch menu; any­thing from toasted cia­batta ($6) to fish of the day (blue cod, $23).

The most ex­pen­sive item was the an­tipasto plat­ter ($45) of smoked salmon, an­chovies, shaved ham, shaved proscuitto, feta and brie, olives, mush­rooms, stuffed sweet pep­pers, homemade dips and cia­batta.

A hun­gry per­son would have been sat­is­fied with the rump steak burger (my choice, $18) or the blue cod (Tim’s choice).

A veg­e­tar­ian could have had a chick­pea patty burger with haloumi ($18) or a choice of three sal­ads ($17), in­clud­ing a roc­quette let­tuce, pear, can­died wal­nuts and parme­san salad.

A tra­di­tion­al­ist could have had bangers and mash ($10), which re­ally is a good value lunch.

There were choices of beer on tap and be­hind the bar. There was a wine list and we chose lo­cal Maud wines.

The waiter was ef­fi­cient and did not in­trude.

The Trout Bar is a clean, warm, no-non­sense es­tab­lish­ment. It de­liv­ers pub grub very well. We were con­tented with what we got.

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