My last post covered some of the restaurants and cafes Ivan and I visited during the first part of our motorcycle adventure, from Wellington all the way up to Cape Reinga, then down to the Waikato. Here’s the second part of our trip, which took place mainly in Hawke’s Bay and the Wairarapa.

  • Day 7:

Flavour of India, Napier


We stayed at a holiday park nearby and our plan was to eat at the restaurant on site, but that was closed that day. So we headed out in search of a cheap alternative still open and decided to give a chance to this tiny Indian takeaway. My photo doesn’t do it justice: the food amazing! Possibly the best curry I had so far. The onion bhajis were crisp, the shaved almonds and drizzle of yogurt on top of the curry were a delicate touch that made all the difference, the price was good and service was spot on.

Where: 132 Kennedy Rd, Napier, Hawke’s Bay


  • Day 8:

Bistro Three Eleven, Napier


You gotta risk it to get the biscuit. Sometimes that biscuit is worth the risk, sometimes it leaves a funny taste in your mouth. This bistro was the latter unfortunately. We shared a plate of king prawns tempura and had fish & chips for mains but the food took so long to be served (and the place wasn’t even full!) that we got our drinks for free.


At least Ivan enjoyed his beer, a traditional Hawke’s Bay pilsner made by Independent Brewery.

Where: 311 Marine Parade, Napier, Hawke’s Bay


Lick This, Napier



Just across the road from the bistro there was Lick This. It was a burning hot summer day and we couldn’t resist tasting their home made gelato.




Tiramisu gelato: approved!

Where: 290 Marine Parade, Napier, Hawke’s Bay


Charlie’s Art Deco Restaurant, Napier



To wrap up our second and final day in Napier, we had dinner at Charlie’s.



We both had the set menu: venison steak main and passionfruit cheesecake for dessert. The food was ok, not really remarkable but you could tell there was some effort put into it.


Where: 80A Emerson St, Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Charlie’s Art Deco on Zomato


  • Day 9:

The Coffee Club, Hastings



We left Napier early that morning on an empty stomach and less than 30 minutes after we hit the road, we stopped for breakfast.



When Ivan got his iced coffee, I totally regretted ordering a hot chocolate. It was nice, just not as impressive as his.



You can’t go wrong with poached eggs, bacon, tomatoes and toast.

Where: 110 Omahu Road, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay


Cafe Strada, Masterton



I love breakfast food and will quite often have it anytime of the day. So for lunch in Masterton I went with french toast, bacon and bananas. Quite yummy!



Where: 232 Queen Street, Masterton, Wairarapa


  • Day 10:

Lake Ferry Hotel, Lake Ferry



We didn’t actually stay at the hotel but we ate there twice, first for dinner, then lunch the following day (fish & chips for me, pulled pork sandwich for Ivan both times).



I guess the main reason we went there so many times and will keep coming back was this breathtaking view of Lake Onoke…

Where: 2 Lake Ferry Rd, Lake Ferry, Wairarapa