Nor'Wester Cafe is a little gem in Amberley that is not to be missed if you are in Christchurch and do not mind a relaxing, flat 30min drive north. On a sunny day this cafe offers large outdoor sitting area, and what is more exciting here is their food! Year after year, I have returned here several times since 2008. I found this gorgeous cafe by accident while wine tasting in Wairapa, and it is very exciting to see that this cafe sells many of the local wine (sometimes at a cheaper price than at the cellar). I have been here for lunch and dinner previously and have never been disappointed. Their menu is short and concise, and offers many gluten free options. Wonderful friendly staff here and it is very child friendly. Without babbling on too much further, here I like to share with you the three dishes we had for alight lunch for two, enjoy!
|Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab (Malaysian) - cucumber & pickled ginger salad, sweet chilli, aioli|
The oysters was super fresh and very tasty and I wished I had got some more, yum! Unfortunately the Caesar salad took me by surprise by their interpretation of "crouton", for me it wasn't crouton but large slices of toasted bread - hope they will change that as texture wise it wasn't quite there. The soft shell crab was done beautifully, kudos to the chef! Soft crunchy crab with the zingy cucumber & pickled ginger salad, this was a winner for me! Wish I was back there right now, but if you're down at the South Island of New Zealand and new Christchurch, go there this weekend!
FOOD: Great cafe food.
ATMOSPHERE: Great outdoor dining area and it is also cosy indoor.
Summary: Summer here in Amberely for me means food at Nor'Wester Cafe, I enjoy nothing more than enjoying good food on a sunny afternoon :)