Dining in Greytown

22 Jan 2011

On the same day we visited Martinborough for it’s wineries and olive groves, we spent our meal times dining in the neighbouring town of Greytown.  We had heard good things about Greytown in terms of shopping and food.  As well as being home to renown artisan bakery The French Baker and chocolate specialists Schoc, there are also a number of decent restaurants and cafes.

Main Street Deli and Cafe

For lunch we dropped into Main Street Deli and Cafe located on… you guessed it, Main Street.

Main Street Deli and Cafe

Main Street Deli and Cafe

We were seated in their lovely and lush back garden area.

While at home I recalled the delicacy of Whitebait Fritters – another example of Kiwiana.  New Zealand whitebait is quite different to European whitebait, being much smaller and milder tasting.  It was something I’d not tasted since I was a child so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try again.  Disappointingly, I found that the whitebait was much blander than I remembered and tasted mostly of omlette.  At $25 a plate it enforced my theory that the more expensive the delicacy, the less it tastes of anything.

Whitebait Fritter

Whitebait Fritter

My Mum and Dad had the Seafood Chowder and Chicken pie respectively.  They both seemed quite happy with their lunch.

Seafood Chowder with Sourdough

Seafood Chowder with Sourdough

Mediterranean Chicken Pie with Mash and Gravy

Mediterranean Chicken Pie with Mash and Gravy

Main Street Deli and Cafe
88 Main Street
Greytown 5712

The French Baker

After lunch I couldn’t resist popping into The French Baker for a bit of a snack to take away.  I still have memories of their gloriously buttery croissants on my last visit to New Zealand when I visited their stall at the Wellington City Market.

Croissant

Croissant

Apricot Danish

Apricot Danish

The French Baker
81 Main Street
Greytown 5712

Bar Saluté

In the evening we visited the tapas restaurant Bar Saluté for dinner.  I really enjoyed our meal here.

Bar Saluté interior

Bar Saluté interior

Calimari Toast

Calimari Toast

Arancini with braised pork and mozzarella

Arancini with braised pork and mozzarella

Arincini innards up close and personal

Arincini innards up close and personal

My personal favourite, the porcini roasted duck risotto was full of flavour and the crispy duck “quackling” just added that something special to the dish.

Porcini roasted duck risotto with caramelised onions, wild thyme & green peas with crispy duck 'Quackling'

Porcini roasted duck risotto with caramelised onions, wild thyme & green peas with crispy duck 'Quackling'

The slow roasted belly pork was meltingly tender and fatty with lovely crispy edges.

Slow roasted Belly Pork

Slow roasted Belly Pork

Crispy pan fried lamb, warm chickpea puree, pinenuts, currants & pickled red onions

Crispy pan fried lamb, warm chickpea puree, pinenuts, currants & pickled red onions

Salute
83 Main Street
South Wairarapa 5712

If you’re ever travelling around New Zealand, I’d definitely recommend stopping by in Greytown.  It’s a very cute little town with character and interesting shops and eateries.

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2 Responses to “Dining in Greytown”

  1. eatatarian 22 Jan 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Loving the look of those whitebait fritters! *reaches out to touch screen*

    • Yeebot 23 Jan 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      Oh I know! It’s a shame that they were probably wasted on me. Sometimes I suspect I generally prefer the taste of more humble food than delicacies!