Mackenzie’s Cafe Bar and Grill – Lake Tekapo

Mackenzie’s Cafe Bar and Grill –

Reviewed by Karen – April 2014

The Place:

This is a place for casual cafe style dining during the day or a bit more ‘styley’ dining at night with a la carte and stone grill menus.

The view is simply stunning here, what better way to dine and soak in breathtaking scenery, a backdrop of the mountains.  There is seating inside or out and when it gets cold there is always the lovely fire.

The Service:

The service was okay, nothing memorable.

The presentation:

The dish looked less than appealing.  It looked like it had been done by amateurs really.  Nice touch with the sprinkle of parsley.

  • The Benedict – was very plain.
  • The bacon – two small rashers of streaky bacon.  Quite nice.
  • The eggs – were done to perfection.
  • The English muffins – were okay.
  • The hollandaise – only a small quantity of sauce, but it was delicious and they didn’t drown the dish.

Would we go again?

Unlikely, the meal was fine.  I actually preferred the big breakfast we had at another cafe called Doughboy’s over this (which is not like me).


Style: Classic 4/10

Taste: 5/10

Originality: 2/10 – Not sure they know the concept of what Eggs Benedict is.  The ‘base’ dish comes with Muffins, sauce and eggs.  Then you have to add on ‘sides’ to make your dish (very odd).

Value: 7/10 The Benedict ‘base’ was $12.50, then if you wanted it to be a Benedict (with bacon) you add on $4 which means it’s $16.50 for a Benedict or a Montreal (with salmon) you add on $5 which means your Montreal is $17.50.  Makes both dishes reasonable.

Eggs: (how good they were): 7/10. They were pretty darn good.

Overall score: 6/10

SH 8, Lake Tekapo Village Centre, Lake Tekapo

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