11 places you have to eat on the West Coast

June 20, 2018

Up and down the West Coast of New Zealand are mouth-watering feeding spots that are a well kept Coaster secret.

1. The Kitchen

Where: Hokitika

Recently opened, The Kitchen offers comfort food on a whole other level. We really recommend their dinner menu and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with blue cheese and coleslaw, drool!

2. The Denniston Dog

Where: Westport.

The Denniston Dog has a wide range of food, from vegetarian through to Stonegrill steak.

3. Monteith's Brewing Company

Where: Greymouth.

Warm yourself by their massive fire, taste their wide range of beer, and make sure you try the fried chicken!

After your feed, go on a brewery tour. Monteith's Brewing Company is an iconic destination on the West Coast.

4. The Lifeboat

Where: Greymouth.

Go for something a little bit different for your caffeine fix. The Lifeboat can be found in the town square in Greymouth on Tainui Street.

It's hard to miss, it's the cafe that's built onto a lifeboat.

Treat yourself to Dutch coffee and stroopwaffels, heaven!

5. The Kingfisher Restaurant

Where: Moana.

A favourite spot with the locals, there's always something on at the Kingfisher Restaurant (part of Hotel Lake Brunner).

The venison pie is amazing and a must try on the Coast (if you're not a vegetarian). Enjoy while you take in the views across Lake Brunner, the largest lake on the West Coast and trout mecca.

6. Fat Pipi Pizzas

Where: Hokitika.

Three words: Whitebait on pizza.

Another local favourite, Fat Pipi Pizzas has added a Coaster twist to the Italian dish by making a Whitebait pizza!

They can also do half and half pizzas.

Their restaurant on Revell Street has a great atmosphere and their courtyard is perfect for those warm summer evenings.

7. The Hokitika Sandwich Company

Where: Hokitika.

Bottomless coffee. Gourmet sandwiches made with daily baked ciabatta bread and locally sourced ingredients. Jazz music playing in the background and a friendly owner who will make you feel like you're life-long friends.

Meat and vegetarian options available, our favourite sandwich is the Coaster (local free range runny fried eggs, prosciutto, aged cheddar, local butter, black pepper).

The Hokitika Sandwich Company has only been open since late 2017 and already it's a fast-growing local favourite.

8. Stations Inn Boutique Accommodation & Restaurant

Where: Hokitika.

An award winning restaurant for their beef and lamb, they have awards lining one entire wall!

Their winter menu is sublime, with beef hotpots, clam and bacon salads, pork belly, the list goes one.

You will not leave Stations Inn disappointed.

9. Gatherer Wholefoods Coffeehouse

Where: Hari Hari

A great vegan and gluten free option on the West Coast that's creating quite a bit of buzz around its food.

Gatherer Wholefoods Coffeehouse has a plant-rich whole foods focus. Using local or close to local and organic produce where possible.

10. King Tiger Restaurant

Where: Franz Josef.

Word on the street is this may be the best restaurant on the West Coast, but we'll leave that to you to decide!

King Tiger is smack bang in the middle of Franz Josef and offers Chinese, Indian and South East Asian cuisine.

From curry pufss to wontons, there's a lot of variety available.

Give their Indian set menu a try (available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian)!

11. The Craypot

Where: Jackson’s Bay, Haast

Super quirky spot to eat in Jackson's Bay (it's caravan style cafe), The Craypot is where you need to get your crayfish and whitebait fix from!

Afterall, Haast is whitebait country.

There's no better place to eat your seafood meal from, with incredible views over the bay.