After our previous visit, it was a foregone conclusion that we would return here when our itinerary brought us back. Originally, we were returning to Auckland via the west coast, but there was a walk in Karangahake (the Windows walk) that we didn’t want to miss. So we find ourselves back in Waihi Beach, and back at the same campsite.
After a lovely afternoon cycle down to Bowentown and back again, we had worked up an appetite, so strolled down here for some dinner.
First up, a Hallertau “pilsnah” (their spelling), light and easy drinking with a hint of hops.
So to the starter, and it was another easy choice, “pork belly sliders” (a kind of mini-burger), featuring slow braised pork belly, a barbecue sauce and apple cider “slaw”.
These were utterly delicious. The pork was tender and not at all fatty like some belly pork can be.
Next up, a glass of Hallertau red ale – full of hoppy delights.
On to the main event, King fish with fish cake, prawns, hollandaise sauce and salad. Once again, this was delicious. Really lovely flavours, and excellent height on the presentation.
And so, to pudding.
Chocolate brownie – this was equally delicious. It was touch and go as to whether we would get some. The dessert fridge was a hive of activity, with dishes coming and going every few minutes. Luckily we pounced in time to secure this chocolatey goodness.
What a brilliant place, one of my favourites of the whole trip. The Flat White is anything but flat.