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.