As spring is well underway in Hawke’s Bay, the sunny days are returning. Boardwalk Restaurant is the only restaurant with direct beach access making it a favourite on warmer days. “We’re starting to see more people around on the boardwalk between the restaurant and the beach.” says co-owner Angela Mackie. It’s not just a summer restaurant as the Boardwalk’s proximity to the sea makes it perfect to watch and listen to the waves crash outside no matter what the weather. “Winter is usually thought of as a quiet time in Hawke’s Bay, but we haven’t seen that as our regulars make the most of our Porterhouse Wednesdays for $16 and Friday Wine Down drinks. Our specials run all year round, not just over the winter.” says Angela.
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular and Boardwalk are seeing the benefits of being located right on the trail. “There is now a bike rack out the front for cyclists or you can padlock and lean your bike against the front wall so you can keep an eye on your bikes from where you sit. There is always a healthy option available on our menu or feel free to come in and just top up your water bottle.” says Angela. If you are walking by, look for the Bay Espresso sign, pick up a coffee and enjoy on the beach or while you’re watching the kids play at the park playground next-door. Although it’s still a bit early for a swim, it’s warm enough to sit outside and the outdoor bar leaners escape the sea breeze chill. This time of year is perfect to enjoy watching the sunset over the sea any day of the week, as the sun sets around 7pm after daylight savings.
Boardwalk Restaurant has that beach/bach vibe that makes it easy for everyone to feel comfortable, making it a good option for Christmas business functions. “This year is a la carte and we’re opening the outdoor bar for large groups where you can socialise with your team as the nights warm up.” says Angela. The BBQ is fired up and dishes such as home made chicken kebabs are served. Dietary requirements are no problem and are catered for. “There are two price levels with menu’s that we know work and will suit any business function and work for any group size from five in a group up to 100.” says Angela. You can book out any part of the restaurant at any time of the day for your Christmas function, call in and take a look around.
Stacey Worsnop is head chef at the Boardwalk and has released the new menu including a Thai influenced dish that reflects Stacey’s love of cooking with asian flavours at home. The corned beef hash is a solid performer with a crunchy bite followed by a creamy mash and a corned beef that doesn’t isn’t overpowered with salt. The sweet honey mustard balances out the dish. The chicken, baccon and camembert is served on walnut bread that is freshly baked on site and you can tell. The hero of the dish is the beetroot and and creme fraiche that reminded me of a dish from a Swedish market vendor I religiously bought at Borough markets in London. A refreshing change from the standard side of chips. The Thai beef salad is a treat as the beef comes from the ends of the fillet or scotch so you’re getting high end cuts at an affordable price. The portion size also means you won’t go hungry. Hayley, Jalea and Anais are the front of house team at Boardwalk and are there to make you feel welcome each and every visit.
Boardwalk Restaurant Events
Angela confirms that live music is planned throughout summer with Sunday Sundowners from 2pm onwards. With possibly the best sunset and sea view in the Bay, this is bound to be popular. Lastly, there’s the annual whale sightings that bring big crowds into the area keen to spot their first Orca whale sighting. Although it’s probably a little early now, the Orca whales are expect to call in again in October / November. Follow @boardwalknapier on twitter and be first to hear.
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- Live music is planned throughout summer with Sunday Sundowners from 2pm onwards. Tweet