Was over in Carterton on a Friday with my partner looking at property. Had a two hour gap between real estate agents and it was about lunchtime so we popped into Wild Oats since we had our entertainment book voucher. They were reasonably busy but we did manange to secure a table next to the lit fire which was brilliant - love the smell of wood burning and it gives the place a homely feel to it and of course made it warm. My partner and I both ordered the open steak sandwich, a piece of carrot cake and two flat whites. The guy that served us is definately an asset to this place, his banter and friendliness were nothing short of exceptional. He also made and delivered our coffees which were really good, nice and hot and tasted better than I've had a wee while now. The open steak sandwich was honestly amazing for the price ($15). The steak (rump) pieces were huge and sitting on a bed of salad ontop a bun with button mushrooms and some sort of sauce that was devine. Both our steaks were cooked as we had asked. The carrot cake was really good too (I'm not such a fan but my partner was tempted to buy a second on the way out so that says it all). We sat and talked by the fire for about half an hour after we had finished, our plates had been taken away in a timely manner and all the staff we interacted with were very pleasant. I would definately call in here for a coffee or a meal when we are next over this way.
We lunched at this cafe/deli on a weekday for the first time on a recent visit to the Wairarapa. It is very large, claiming to have seating, including in its outside area, for 110, with an additional 40-seat private room available for groups. Regardless of actual capacity, it was extremely popular the whole time we were there, most seemingly local people, but some tourists like us. It also specifically caters for bus trip and tour groups, and provides takeaways when requested.
The cafe is spaciously set out and its high stud gives it an airy atmosphere. It prides itself especially on the quality of its food, all being made on the premises, and claims to have 'the best food selection in the country'. Whatever the truth of that claim, it certainly offers a wide selection of food to satisfy most tastes.
The counter offerings looked simply scrumptious, so, putting aside the lunch menu, we made our choice from a varied range of savoury dishes and decadent looking cakes. I decided on the bacon & egg slice and my wife opted for the salmon brie & pesto panini, both accompanied by a green salad. Both dishes were delicious, and were generous in quantity.
We followed our meals with very good Revive coffees of our choice, indulging in a delicious vanilla slice and an even more delectable carrot cake respectively to have with them. With the benefit of having sampled each other's selection, we can definitely declare both to be simply heavenly.
Our food was nicely presented, and prices, at least of its cabinet food, are very reasonable. Service was friendly and efficient, despite the large number of patrons being attended to. It was a good experience for us, and we will certainly keep this cafe in mind if in Carterton again and looking for a place for lunch.
Was impressed with the variety of counter food and selected the salmon, cheese, pesto and salad bagel and a latte. Was asked if I'd liked the bagel toasted and I agreed but only a little.
Service time was okay. Unfortunately my bagel hadn't been toasted but microwaved - meant that the salad had wilted into nothing and the bagel/pesto/cheese mix just oozed grease. Attempted a few bites but it was horrible. Coffee was really weak and disappointing. With many decent cafes in the area I probably wouldn't give it a 2nd chance.
Tried out Wild Oats for the first time, must be quite popular as fairly busy. Service was great, really friendly happy staff and lots of food to choose from. We ordered from the cabinet, ham roll and salmon quiche which were good value for money. Hubby said salmon quiche was good and my ham roll was good but was lacking a bit of flavour. Great kids play area but not a lot of room for the pram by any of the tables, felt a bit squished!! But overall a nice place to eat, would probably go there again but maybe not my first choice......
My friends and I had Saturday brunch at Wild Oats. As I am from out of town my friends recommended Wild Oats saying that it was nice and had a varied menu. The menu was standard brunchy meals so I ordered mushrooms on toast. The meal was nice but very garlicky (interesting to see that a previous review said that the mushrooms were not garlicky enough), however I like garlic and the taste was nice. It was a good portion for the price too. The cabinet food looked good and the highlight for me was the custard square - delicious custard with a passionfruit flavour. Definitely worth a stop if you're in Carterton.
Came back here with the voucher we were given after last time and there was definately an improvement. Service was friendly and the good coffees fast. We both chose the Carterton Big Breakfast which came pretty quickly too. Massive portions! 2 huge sausages, mushrooms, a grilled tomato and a pile of scrambled egg with 2 brown pieces of toast. Was difficult to get stuck in as the plate was a small dinner size and so much food to try and manipulate round. Everything was cooked ok except the tomato which was unripe and hard. We couldn't get through it all which is unusual for me. The food wasn't outstanding but as I said an improvement. I had popped in the day before (sun) and notice they are doing a buffet breakfast and the one I had today was just that. Took away a veggie muffin which was very nice.
This place is just okay. Stepping in the place gives the impression of a mess. However, if you made all the way towards the end, it turns out okay with decorations of fresh bakeries. Coffee was excellent. However, the vege muffin was average and the musli with fruit was really odd - they left the skin of orange and kiwi fruit on the bowl - how on earth are we supposed to eat them? Service was efficient. Menu was a bit uninspiring, so stick to the bakery section! On the whole, an okay place. I am not going to rave about it or complain :)
Deary me, what has happened to this place?
We usually come for brunch once a year after catching up with friends but wont bother again. The place looks the same, lots of cabinet food and bakery/deli staples. They even had the woodburner on which was a nice touch as the first cold morning of autumn.
The 4 of us ordered poached eggs on toast, scrambled eggs and bacon on toast, creamy garlic mushrooms on toast and the muesli with friut and coffees. Unfortunately only the coffee and muusli were any good. The eggs on toast were basically 2 yolks (where were the whites?), looked really odd. My mushrooms were creamy but no garlic and the scrambled egg looked and tasted insipid. All of these were served on floppy barely toasted white bread. I dont think it was even buttered. I sent my toast back for some, well, TOAST and asked for brown bread, the others barely touched theirs. The toast I got back was ok but still not buttered and the mushrooms overhot from the microwave. Service was ok but seems to me the management have taken their eye of this place and the sunday morning team dont care..and to top it all off a floater in the loo! Not their fault but still..
I loved eating at Wild Oats.
I had a salmon, brie and pesto panini and it was incredible.
I also had a piece of chocolate cake which was pretty good, quite rich though and a little over-iced.
I had coffee which was great but a little hot and burnt my tongue.
It was unusual that they put real chocolate shavings on top of the cappuccino but totally great and different from having crappy chocolate powder on top.
I would eat here again and again.
I find myself often going to wild oats for coffee on my days off and I have found the coffee to be wonderful , the atmosphere lively and the service spot on. The girls that work there seem to really no what they are talking about. While waiting for my coffee, the girls are always keen to strike up a conversation with you and make you feel welcome and your loyalty cherished. The times I have been there for breakfast I have been amazed at the result. The breakfast is very well presented and if it is late, the server apologises politely about the wait. Weather I am ordering either coffee or breakfast it has always been hot and well cooked and presented
A group of 6 of us went here for breakfast. The first of our meals reached the table in only minutes of us having finished ordering and as a result most of it was uncooked. We ordered the Carterton Breakfast - two large sausages (boiled not grilled), I had scrambled eggs (overdone), hash brown (some of them were still frozen inside), mushrooms (raw), tomato (raw), bacon (mine was good) and toast. Overall very disappointing. Owner most apologetic and said he'd already had to speak to chef about this previously. Gave us free coffee and a bag of easter buns to compensate but we would have preferred a decent breakfast instead. Also water came from water cooler but tasted old and muddy! Won't go there for a meal again but the Easter Buns were great.