Flat White Cafe Bar, Waihi Beach

Round these parts, it’s pronounced “flit whaart”. Just a short stroll from the campsite we are staying at, the Flat White had a major makeover last year, and you can watch the transformation whilst eating your dinner, as they have a slideshow rolling away on their screens inside.

It was well worth the effort, as the place looks great. Even on a moist and warm evening with the doors wide open and crickets hopping about looking for a late night snack. Last night, I was their late night snack. Finding one of those on your chest in the middle of the night is a bit of a shock.

Let’s start with a drink, a Hallertau pale ale, essentially a hopped up lager which works well on a warm day. They have a couple of Hallertaus on tap and several others in bottles. 

  

Lots of lovely things on the menu. As we are by the sea (you can see it through the “patio” doors), something from the deep to start – flour dusted, flash fried calamari with aioli, lemon and a little salad. This was delicious. Super fresh seafood, served simply. 

  

On to the main event, panko crumbed chicken breast (the Japanese breadcrumbs made from crustless bread) with pine nut, spinach and cream cheese filling, scallop potato (I would call them boulangere potatoes), broccolini and chimmichuri dressing.

 

This was also delicious, succulent chicken, great flavours and a good portion size. It was a lovely evening, really like this place. 

It is most certainly MOFAD approved, and a MOFAD card was secreted about the premises. The best dining in Waihi Beach. 

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