Mixed bag at Skyline cafe
It was Mother’s Day and this mother had decided her children, husband, sister, mother and the pet dog would mark the occasion by walking one of my favourite tracks, the One Mile Track, to Skyline. Enthusiasm levels varied but I successfully bribed them with the promise of lunch at the top.
Once we worked our way through the mountain bikers and negotiated around the construction work that is underway we found a spot in the sun at the Market Kitchen Cafe with a beautiful view toward Coronet Peak. We endured the chill in the air to keep the dog company.
Inside we dodged a tour group and meandered meaninglessly around the cafe, trying to figure out the best option for lunch. It is difficult to get an overview. At one point there’s a pie warmer, another spot has sushi, there’s someone cooking pizza over there, and further down is some dishing up curry while cooking pancakes. To add to our confusion we struggled to find trays to put things on and could not figure out where we were to order and should we do that before or after getting food?
Eventually we found a staff member who was free to ask how the system worked and were sent in the right direction. Then we ordered some pancakes from her and watched them being made.
By the time everyone had picked something to eat and we wandered to the counter, I felt exhausted. It was not an easy system.
The food was also a mixed bag. Mother and I ordered a curry each ($17). Her Chicken Tikka Masala was tender, creamy and flavoursome. My Lamb Madras had clearly been sitting in the pot too long as the lamb chunks had formed a hard crust on top and were lukewarm to taste.
The Jumbo Lamb Roll ($7.50) also looked as if it had sat in the warmer for too long. However, Karl was lucky to get it as I overheard other customers complaining that there weren’t enough pies or other options available in the warmer.
Karen eyed up the sushi but we agreed it looked like very small portions so she had a perfectly enjoyable egg and mayonnaise sandwich instead ($5.50) while Anna was delighted to see a basket of freshly cooked hot chips slide into the servery, and grabbed those ($7).
Bethany probably had the best meal of the day with a fresh stack of blueberry and cream pancakes ($12). Despite her best attempts she was unable to finish them and left that task to her mother, who was wishing she had ordered a custom designed pizza instead of the curry.
There’s a lot going for the Market Kitchen Cafe. It’s in a great spot and there are lots of choices. However, it would benefit from some clear signage detailing where to pay, how to order and what the options are. Some of our meals were disappointing. It was before 1pm and the cafe was busy so there should not be overdone food sitting in warmers.
Curry for lunch at Skyline’s Market Kitchen Cafe.