Monday5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Thursday5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Friday5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Saturday5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Sunday5:30 – 8:30 pm.
2 Dunmore Street
Dark and elegant, Kika sits tucked away from the town’s busy street, but it shouldn’t be hard to find, as every local seems to have eaten here and will gladly point you in the right direction.
Aside from the Italian dish names and some of the international wines, this restaurant is like nothing else in the region. And that’s what Kika seems to do best – just when you think fancy restaurants have come up with every idea possible, this restaurant continues to push boundaries when it comes to both flavour and presentation.
A large interior is no obstacle for Kika, who manages to fill it almost every evening with enthusiastic guests who have heard the rave reviews, or perhaps even written them themselves. The big schist stone chimney in the middle gives the place a clever well-worn, rustic feel but it’s not just for looks – come Winter the fire keeps cold toes warm throughout the restaurant.
For a starter like you’ve never had before, you’ve got to try the buffalo milk stracciatella with persimmon salsa and crostini, and for the main event, the half chicken with black garlic and smoked mushroom XO sauce is a hot choice. However, you may need to enlist some help from your dining partner with your choice, and if choosing proves too difficult, you can put your trust in the chefs out back with the ‘just feed me’ option, where they’ll select their pick of the day and even match it with wine or beer if you’re feeling thirsty.
And finally, if you’re coming to Kika, then do yourself a favour and don’t leave before having dessert. The homemade ice creams that come served vertical on locally made rimu blocks have caused a social media frenzy, and once you’ve tasted them you’ll be sure to join in the thrill that comes with welcoming a world-class eatery to the scene in Wanaka.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
2 Dunmore Street
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