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“Sublime! Why are there not more restaurants like this?”
Review of Big Fig

Big Fig
Ranked #4 of 95 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $29
Description: Big Fig is all about slow food, served fast – delicious hot dishes, fresh salads, barista coffee and baking – all packed with flavour, made with love and ready to go. It’s an ever-changing selection of slow-cooked meats, tasty braises, pilafs, yummy vegetarian and vegan dishes. And we have an in-house bakery making fresh pittas, cakes, breads and more, baking all day every day. We serve breakfast from 8am-10am, lunch 11am-4pm, dinner 5pm-8pm, coffee and baking all day. We don’t take bookings – just turn up and grab a table. Big Fig is a family-style cafe founded by two sisters from a large food-loving Kiwi Lebanese family, serving modern middle eastern food with a home-cooking vibe. To Big Fig we bring heritage, tradition, recipes and stories.
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Description: Big Fig is all about slow food, served fast – delicious hot dishes, fresh salads, barista coffee and baking – all packed with flavour, made with love and ready to go. It’s an ever-changing selection of slow-cooked meats, tasty braises, pilafs, yummy vegetarian and vegan dishes. And we have an in-house bakery making fresh pittas, cakes, breads and more, baking all day every day. We serve breakfast from 8am-10am, lunch 11am-4pm, dinner 5pm-8pm, coffee and baking all day. We don’t take bookings – just turn up and grab a table. Big Fig is a family-style cafe founded by two sisters from a large food-loving Kiwi Lebanese family, serving modern middle eastern food with a home-cooking vibe. To Big Fig we bring heritage, tradition, recipes and stories.
Reviewed 8 March 2021

My wife and I cannot speak highly enough of this restaurant - in fact, we made a trip over the Crown Range from Queenstown primarily so we could have another meal here!

It's not flashy, in fact the magic is in its simplicity; deliberately 'slow food' in terms of how it's been cooked, however it's all there ready to get served onto a plate. You simply choose your plate size, the meat you want (we both went for the slow-roasted beef cheek - INCREDIBLE!), and the sides & salads. There's always a nice range of options, however they all feel like meals your grandma would make (at least if she was a whiz in the kitchen).

It's such a refreshing change from generic 'fast food' options. Value is reasonable, $20 for the Medium size dish which was perfect for me (a noted big eater!).

There's also some interesting drinks available, including some craft beers and nice wines.

It's not a big restaurant, although they were still very welcoming towards our family including two small children.

I wish we had a place like this in our hometown!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Thank 819mj
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Reviewed 4 March 2021

Went here based on Tripadvisor reviews and pleased we did . The food was delicious and healthy . It was served fast and the price was reasonable . Staff attitude was great. Very friendly . Loved it !!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Thank Kiwifreespirits
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Reviewed 28 February 2021 via mobile

We’re one veggie and one meat eater. A lot of menus didn’t intrigue us, but Big Fig really did. It didn’t disappoint, the food was amazing, really fresh and tasty. It was great to have so many good options too, and for dessert!

Great atmosphere and service, would recommend.

Date of visit: February 2021
Thank FondantFancie
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Reviewed 27 February 2021

Food was delicious (Lebanese style Mediterranean dishes) - and the system couldn't be simpler: just pay for a small, medium or large bowl and off you go, with healthy, tasty food available straight away to take to your table. And there were a couple of decent craft beers on tap. Can see why it's number one, totally deserved.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Thank James T
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Reviewed 21 February 2021

Good range of tasty dishes, including vegan and vegetarian options. Friendly, helpful staff. A great choice for both eat-in and takeaway.

Date of visit: February 2021
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